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Nicolet opens season at 2-0 with victory over Wauwatosa East

Aug. 26, 2011 11:22 p.m. | Nicolet's football team used a dominant fourth quarter to pull away from a relentless but winded Wauwatosa East team, emerging victorious 28-10 at Hart Park in Wauwatosa on Friday.

The game’s first half was marked mostly by methodical ball control offenses facing down sure-tackling defenses.
East drew first blood. After forcing a Nicolet punt, the Red Raiders worked their way downfield from their own 35, picking up yardage with a steady stream of first-down runs and timely third down passes culminating in a 38 yard field goal.

"(East's) offensive line came out firing every play. That’s probably their strongest part,” said Nicolet linebacker Alex Walker. "(Junior running back Mike) Meade is one tough little runner. He’s low to the ground, but tough to bring down.”

Third downs were all about quarterback Kyle Vnuk. The tall lanky Red Raider snuck through the line for one first down, then threw for two more to senior Vince Cupertino (16 yards) & junior Shaquille Redding (10 yards).
“He’s good,” Nicolet coach Brad Kozaczuk said. “Junior, big kid, great arm, and only going to get better.”
But the next four drives fizzled and stalled for both teams. Swarming defensive fronts reined in and collapsed on interior run plays. Neither side could buy enough time or string together enough passes to mount a significant air attack.
“Both defenses were playing well,” Kozaczuk said. “Both run a three front, which means bringing blitzes from lots of different places and angles. Makes it really tough for offensive lines.”
Nicolet senior quarterback Brandon Kappel agreed.

“Their D line was great, and they’ve got fast guys on the perimeter, especially (senior linebacker Will) Monreal. They should have a good year.”
Nicolet got its first break just before half. Facing fourth down with 2:54 remaining, the snap sailed over East’s punter.  Six plays later, Nicolet was in the end zone. Kappel picked up the last seven yards and touchdown on a pair of quarterback keepers.
The third quarter featured more back and forth stalemate.
After junior Tyler Crass intercepted a pass at the Nicolet 12, the Knights went deep.
Kappel escaped a collapsing pocket and heaved a bomb down the right sideline. He found Walker all alone. The senior pulled the pass in, galloping 71 yards for the score.
Nicolet appeared to be in good shape. But after forcing a punt on the ensuing drive and rushing for a first down, the Knights fumbled the snap. East recovered and six plays later, the Red Raiders were in the end zone. 
Vnuk threw a 6-yard bullet through the tightest of traffic to senior Josh Smentek, who tumbled forward into the end zone on the fourth quarter’s first play to make the game 13-10.
But that was the beginning of the end for East. Led by junior linebacker Hunter Crass and senior lineman Bernard Stutts, Nicolet tightened the screws. East’s final fourth quarter possessions resulted in a punt, a turnover on downs and an interception (junior Delton Clay) .
 “In the first half we had multiple opportunities to take over,” said Wauwatosa East coach Jake Wolter. “But we gave up some situation spots we shouldn’t have. When third and longs turn into first downs, you’re in trouble. You can’t live off of that.”
Nicolet turned the tables at the 7:30 mark in the fourth quarter. A quick bursting punt return and pair of East penalties put Nicolet near East’s 10. Four plays later, Kappel rolled out and found Tyler Crass in the corner of the end zone.
We got gassed,” Wolter said. “A lot of guys were playing both ways, and on special teams. They got gassed. And when we got down on the scoreboard, their heads sank a little bit.”
The Knight buried the Red Raiders once and for all at the 5:00 mark. On a play-action fake, Kappel rolled to his right, and found a wide open Nolan Wagner on the goal line. The pass hit the junior right in the numbers. He cradled it with two hands and backed into the end zone for the final score.
 “Our running game was effective, when we executed it,” Wolter said. “Our passing game was not bad. We’ve just got to get a little more wind and cash in at some key moments.”
“We had to find our feet a little bit,” said Nicolet coach Brad Kozaczuk. “But we got more intense as the game went along. We faced adversity and found a way to overcome it.”  

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Wauwatosa Village valet service tentatively halted on Sundays

Aug. 27, 2015 2:23 p.m. | Valet service in the Wauwatosa Village has been discontinued on Sundays — at least for now, said John Wise, director of operations for Bartolotta Restaurants.

The $7 per car service first launched in June outside Ristorante Bartolotta and anyone visiting the Village after 5 p.m. can hand off their car to a valet at the corner of State Street and Harwood Avenue.

Wise said the service was discontinued on Sundays due to lack of popularity, but could easily be put in place again, if needed.

Wise said the service's peak could likely be when temperatures start to drop.

"There was always the realization that the proof of the pudding would be in the winter," he said. "You get these Wisconsin winters with snow, rain. You don't want to walk two or three blocks."

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Wauwatosa East girls cross-country team looking for good things

Aug. 26, 2015 10:03 a.m. | Wauwatosa East girls cross-country coach Glen Gardiner is hoping all the hard work spent in the off-season will pay off for this season's team.

Captains Kayla Klein, Janet Fee and Jordyn Summerfield are three of the six returnees, along with juniors Kacy Fisher and Julia Bartlett and sophomore Sydney Evans.

Fisher had an outstanding track season, being named MVP, and will be looking to improve on that with a great summer training regimen. She was a first-year cross-country runner a year ago earning a varsity letter.

"She will be one of our top returners this year," Gardiner said. "Looking for her to have a breakout year."

Summerfield, a junior, was part of a team that qualified for state in 2013 and was a third-team All-GMC last year.

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Wauwatosa West returnees should help girls cross-country team

Aug. 26, 2015 9:53 a.m. | With some returning "new" faces, coach Jack LoPresti is looking forward to the girls cross-country season.

"This year's team will be an exciting team to watch," LoPresti said. "We have strong senior leadership and a solid group of returning runners."

Two "new" old faces will be back and ready to go this year. Senior Anna Roghan will lead this year's squad, along with returning runner senior Caitlin Campbell.

Roghan was injured almost all of last cross-country season, and Campbell was not out last Fall, so having both of these runners back and in good health is a huge win for the Trojans.

Add to that the returning core of Sophia Ruggeri (last season's MVP), Toriah Haanstad and Eliza Soczka — all sophomores — and West will have a solid group to start the season.

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Wauwatosa East tennis team has nine returning players

Aug. 26, 2015 9:28 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East girls tennis team has nine returning letter winners, but coach Glen Slonac is still working on different lineup combinations.

The following players are returning letter winners from last year: seniors Nina Novic, Seble Yigletu, Natalie Klein and Anna Jorejs; juniors Hannah Green and Alyssa Poe; and sophomores Kat Terwelp, Erin O'Brien and Allison Gleesing.

Slonac thinks the following players will be in the mix for a varsity spot: seniors Maria Villa and Leah Pulz; sophomore Maggie Collins; and freshman Mary McMahon.

"I am still working on trying to position people on the team, and I am not sure who are playing certain positions," the veteran coach said. "So far this season, I have been pleased with Allison Gleesing's improvement over last year and freshman Mary McMahon, who has shown steady improvement."

Individual results from the eight-team Racine Case Invitational follow.

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Wauwatosa West girls volleyball team has holes to fill

Aug. 26, 2015 9:03 a.m. | Wauwatosa West girls volleyball coach Kelly Dwyer will have some holes to fill this season.

"We will be a young team, with only three players returning with experience of playing consistently on the varsity level," he said. "We have to replace two outside hitters, one middle, two setters and a libero that we lost to graduation last year.

The returning players are seniors Natalya Summers (four-year varsity player), Bri Horton, Amanda O'Rourke and Ashley Vulgaris; juniors Clare Honan (all-conference honorable mention, three-year starter) and Anna Baish; and sophomore Ericha Stuberg.

Newcomers will be senior Maddy Clausen, junior Ellen Schaefer and sophomores Emily Wagy, Emma Elliott, Hailey Wilson, Kelly Rampolla and Margaret Radske.

Honan will be the focal point of the offense.

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Wauwatosa girls golf team fourth at first GMC mini-meet

Aug. 26, 2015 8:43 a.m. | Wauwatosa East/West finished fourth in the first Greater Metro Conference mini-meet on Aug. 20 at Currie Park.

Brookfield Central won (169), followed by Divine Savior Holy Angels (182), Brookfield East (200) and Tosa (203). Sussex Hamilton and Menomonee Falls each shot a 209.

Katie Gastrau and Brenna Blaney led the way, shooting a 42 and 47, respectively. Alex Ramos had a 55, and Maegan O'Donnell shot a 59 as only four golfers took part.

"On the surface, a so-so performance, but considering we played short handed, it was better than it would appear," coach John Ravenola said. "Our conference meets allow each team to play as many as six girls and count the four best. Brook Central, Falls and Hamilton all played six; Brook East and DSHA played five, while we were only able to field the minimum of four girls.

"With our overall number of girls coming out for golf this season being down considerably, it puts us at a disadvantage. If someone has an 'off' day, we still have to include it in our team score. Even so, we managed to shoot 203, which was just three shots behind the third-place score posted by Brook East."

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Potter to lead Wauwatosa East boys cross-country team

Aug. 26, 2015 8:33 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys cross-country team will be looking to return to state again this season, and coach Mackenzie Laska has some talent returning to make that possible.

Senior Sam Potter, the 2014 Greater Metro Conference 5,000-meter champion, the team MVP and a Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association All-State Honorable Mention leads the returnees. He finished 24th at state and was a 2015 1,600 state qualifier in the spring.

Seniors Marquez Green, Nathan Green and Paul Gagne also return from last year's 14th-place team at state.

"We also have a promising freshmen and sophomore class which bodes well for the future," Laska said. "... With four returning from last year's state qualifying team and a slew of guys ready to step up and fill in the gaps, the expectation is to qualify for state and improve on our 14th-place finish from last year."

The boys open Thursday, Aug. 27, at Rotary Park in Menomonee Falls.

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Suspected pipe bomb draws neighborhood attention in Wauwatosa

Aug. 24, 2015 9:22 p.m. | Aaron Lloyd, a server at The Red Dot restaurant in Wauwatosa, had just clocked in for a 10 a.m. shift when he noticed police tape encircling the street outside.

"We were told (by police) to stay inside the building," Lloyd said. "People were taking video, pictures. Everyone was out there recording."

The source of concern? A suspected pipe bomb at Speedway gas station, 6804 W. North Ave.

Unsettling discovery

Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski said that police were dispatched at 9:08 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, when someone spotted the pipe — 3 inches inches in diameter and 1 foot long with metal caps screwed to either end — on the ground by one of the gas pumps and reported it to the store manager.

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Carey, defense spark New Berlin Eisenhower win

Aug. 24, 2015 11:13 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower used a 17-point third quarter to roll to a 31-7 victory at Plymouth on Friday, Aug. 21, and get the 2015 football season off to a positive start.

The Lions will now host Mauston at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, in their second nonconference game. Mauston lost, 26-20, to Tomah on Friday, Aug. 21.

"We knew Plymouth had a great program (8-2 last year), and we would have to be on our game to beat them at their place," Eisenhower coach Matt Kern said. "All off-season, we have been trying to get the guys to believe they are the ones to get our football program back where it belongs.

"We needed to get a statement win — internally for ourselves — and we stepped up. That was pretty rewarding. It was a lot of fun."

Sam Carey had a big day for the Lions in the opener, tossing a 15-yard touchdown pass and running for a score. He was 8-for-14 for 90 yards with an interception, and he rushed for 64 yards.

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Wauwatosa School District mobile app now available for download

Aug. 24, 2015 9:58 a.m. | Wauwatosa School District mobile apps for both iOS/iPhone and Android mobile devices are now available for download.

The apps have private and public functions. The public function displays all information publicly available on the district's website. The private function allows parents and students to login and experience the app from a personal perspective to view things like classes, combined calendars and more.

To access the personal features on the app, users should tap the "Login" icon to enter website credentials. Once authenticated students and parents will be able to receive direct access to the app to classes they are enrolled in.

Apps can be downloaded by searching for "Wauwatosa School District" in the mobile app store.

Bomb squad blasts suspicious canister found at East Tosa gas station

Aug. 23, 2015 10:53 p.m. | A Milwaukee County sheriff's office bomb squad used a robot Sunday afternoon to destroy a suspicious canister found at a gas station in East Tosa, where the scare forced the closure of North Ave. from 67th to 69th streets.

Authorities determined afterward that the canister was not a bomb but rather an empty short pipe with two endcaps, Wauwatosa Police Sgt. Chris McAtee said.

The pipe was discovered Sunday morning at the Speedway gas station at 68th St. by an employee, who thought it looked suspicious and reported it to police, McAtee said.

City police and firefighters responded, and the sheriff's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit was called in.

By 11 a.m., authorities had cleared the block around the gas station, although a crowd of onlookers had gathered at the edge of the police tape to watch as bomb squad members went to work deploying a robot down the street.

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Police detonate suspicious object near Wauwatosa gas station

Aug. 23, 2015 2:09 p.m. | Around 1 p.m. Sunday, bomb squad members detonated a suspicious object found near the Speedway at 68th St. and North Ave. in Wauwatosa.

Police and firefighters responded to the suspicious object midmorning Sunday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Milwaukee County bomb squad, using a robot, detonated a small charge remotely near the suspicious object, which did not appear to explode. Shortly thereafter Wauwatosa police and firefighters began to leave the scene.

Defense takes the spotlight in 'Battle of Tosa'

Aug. 22, 2015 7:58 a.m. | The Wauwatosa community had a lot to be excited about Friday night — a packed house, a brand new stadium, new field turf and a competitive game in which Wauwatosa West shut out Wauwatosa East, 17-0, at West.

The night's offense was encapsulated in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Rayvon Bartlett, Jr. to Jaravee Jackson at the 5 minute, 12 second mark of the first period, a quarterback sneak for Bartlett at the 3:14 mark of the third quarter and a 23-yard field goal by Rajiv Kalyanaraman in the fourth quarter.

Defense was the name of the game on both sides of the ball. The Red Raiders played an outstanding game against a more experienced West offense, but the Trojans defense just dominated Tosa East, especially in the second half.

West has now won the last three games since the series started up again in 2011, the last time the Red Raiders won the game, 21-13. The teams did not play in 2012, and the Trojans won, 54-0, in 2013 and 42-7 last year. It was no wonder East coach Mike Richards was excited about his team's defensive performance on Friday.

"Our defense was awesome tonight," Richards said. "Our defense gave us a chance to win. I told the kids after the game, 'Don't hang your heads.' What they did defensively was incredible. That's a darn good football team Tosa West, and to hold them to 17 points, it's the best performance we had against them in three years."

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