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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.”  

Video: Reporter takes us along the 2016 Run Tosa Run

May 23, 2016 10:56 a.m. | On a cold and windy day that felt more like winter, the annual Run Tosa Run 5K run/walk and half-mile kid’s run took place through the streets of the East Towne Neighborhood on Saturday, May 14.

Reporter Bob Dohr was part of the run and captured some video using a GoPro device.

The course started at 69th Street and North Avenue and weaved through the neighborhood between 74th and 62nd streets.

The event aimed to bring residents together and promote the neighborhood while also raising money for charity.

Net 2016 proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Tosa Top 5: Five things you need to know about in Wauwatosa this week

May 20, 2016 10:53 a.m. | Here's a list of the top five stories from Wauwatosa this week:

1. New Mayfair GM announces plans for a Z Gallerie furniture store

2. Suspects charged in string of armed robberies through Wauwatosa, Milwaukee

3. City of Wauwatosa, planning professionals turn focus to 'The Quadrant'

4. Barre District looks to open second studio near Wauwatosa

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Suspects charged in string of armed robberies through Wauwatosa, Milwaukee

May 19, 2016 12:25 p.m. | Two Milwaukee residents are in custody after police pieced together clues — including fingerprints and shoe prints — that allegedly tied them to a string of armed robberies throughout Wauwatosa and Milwaukee.

Markanthony MC Harris, 17, and Deshireo T. Rivers, 27, have each been charged with six counts of felony armed robbery after they held up a number of businesses and people in early May — including two incidents in Wauwatosa.

If convicted, both face up to $100,000 in fines and 40 years in prison for each charge, according to a criminal complaint.

About the incidents

The first armed robbery occurred at a Pizza Hut in Wauwatosa, around 10:40 p.m. May 4. The two males entered the store, 517 Glenview Ave., and Harris displayed a small handgun and Rivers a semi-automatic pistol, according to the complaint. Rivers demanded an employee to open a safe in the restaurant. The employee told the men the keys for the safe were in his jacket, so Harris ordered the employee to the back of the store to retrieve them. While searching for the keys, Harris touched a pack of cigarettes in the jacket. Police would later recover a fingerprint from the cigarette pack and match it to Harris, according to a criminal complaint.

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New Mayfair GM announces plans for a Z Gallerie furniture store

May 18, 2016 3:00 p.m. | Merely three weeks into the job, the new general manager at Wauwatosa's Mayfair mall has unveiled plans for furniture store Z Gallerie to open in fall 2016.

"It's very exciting," said Chris Jaeger, who stepped into his new role April 20. "I think it's just a great fit for the market."

Plans to bring in the furniture and home furnishing chain is a deal Jaeger described as "hot off the press." The store will be situated on the west side of the mall, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, replacing the former Applebee's and Paciugo Gelato in a more than 8,000-square-foot space.

"I think it's going to be a great fit for the market," Jaeger said. The Wauwatosa location would mark the first Z Gallerie store in Wisconsin.

Jaeger credited his surrounding team for much of the work of bringing the store into Mayfair. While there could be more new stores in the works, the Z Gallerie announcement marks the first snag for Jaeger, who has worked at six malls throughout the Midwest in a 10-year period, he said.

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Wauwatosa East baseball team will rely on defense, depth in 2016

May 18, 2016 11:37 a.m. | Wauwatosa East baseball coach Brian Karas has 11 letter winners, including four three-year players.

"This team and coaching staff couldn't be more excited for the 2016 season to get underway," Karas said. "This is our most experienced team that we've had in a long time, featuring eight seniors, six juniors and a sophomore."

Seniors Dan Scallon (center field), Jake Halstead (second/third base) and Spencer Michaelis (pitcher/shortstop) and junior Aaron Plaisted (pitcher/first/outfield) are the three-year varsity players. Here's a closer look.

Scallon was second on the team in extra base hits with five, led the team in stolen bases 13-for-13 and was an honorable mention all-conference outfielder last year. Halstead is "a very fluent hitter" who hasn't caught a lot of breaks. He has the potential to have a breakout season.

Michaelis was plagued by back issues all of last season and wasn't able to pitch or hit comfortably the entire season. He's back to being fully healthy this season, and Karas has high expectations that he'll show other teams what they've been missing.

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Wauwatosa East softball teams beats West Allis Central in twinbill

May 18, 2016 11:26 a.m. | Wauwatosa East started the week with a doubleheader win over West Allis Central at home, including the first no-hitter of her prep career by Analiese Glawe.

East won the opener, 15-5, in the first game, and then Glawe threw her no-hitter in the 17-0 nightcap. It was the third no-hitter in school history. In addition to Glawe's personal achievement, the team had many other stars over the two games.

Morgan Schmanske went 6-for-8, with two doubles and eight RBIs over the two games. In addition, Cora Bilitz went 4-for-6 with two doubles and five RBIs, and Natalie Yahn was 5-for-8 while scoring six runs.

In the first game with the Raiders leading, 4-3, they scored four runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to take a 13-3 lead. Both teams scored twice in the fifth inning to end the scoring and the game.

"Analiese threw a no-hitter despite the 'floating' strike zone," coach Ed Raue said. "Look at the walks, and you would think she had no control, but that was not the case. She threw strikes and overpowered them. Analiese was saved in the first inning by a great running catch by right fielder Angie Mitten in center field."

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Campus News: May 19

May 18, 2016 11:22 a.m. |


Maggie Fuhrmanof Wauwatosa was named to the fall 2015 semester dean's list at Butler University in Indianapolis. Fuhrman was also inducted into Phi Sigma Iota (language honor society) and Blue Key (Butler honor society for juniors) for the spring 2016 semester.

Moraine Park

Lawrence Andersenof Wauwatosa was named to the fall 2015 semester dean's list at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac.

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Sports Shorts: May 19, 2016

May 18, 2016 11:20 a.m. |


The Wauwatosa East boys tennis team fell to Eisenhower, 7-0, on May 9 and second-ranked Brookfield East, 7-0, on May 12.

Losing scores against the Lions were Jordan Crump(7-5, 6-1), Michael Lockhart(6-3, 6-1), Evan Christopherson(6-1, 6-1) and Alex Hayek(6-2, 6-3) at singles.

Liam McMahon/Josh Erdtmann(6-0, 6-3), Mitchell Weinberg-Kinsey/Jacob Muenzenberger (7-6(1), 6-0) and Sam Kodzik/Vince Teofilo(6-1, 6-1) lost at doubles.

Against second-ranked Brookfield East, Crump (6-1, 6-3), Lockhart (7-6(6), 6-0), Christopherson (6-4, 4-6, 6-2) and Hayek (6-2, 4-6, 6-3) lost in singles.

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Wauwatosa East girls soccer team crushes West Allis Central, 11-0

May 18, 2016 11:02 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East girls soccer team went 1-0-1 last week, winning the Greater Metro Conference match and tying a nonconference foe.

The Red Raiders stretched their winning streak to three games last week, defeating West Allis Central, 11-0, on the road.

Senior captain Catherine Carter started the scoring in the fifth minute on a penalty kick after senior Chyna Sincere had drawn a foul inside the Bulldog penalty area. One minute later, Sincere assisted on the Raiders' second goal by sophomore Elyse Reagan.

In the same minute of play, sophomore Liz Bueckers scored her seventh goal of the season off an assist from sophomore Evan Knauss to make the score, 3-0, six minutes into the match.

"It's important to come out and assert yourself against a team that struggles to generate offense," coach Eric Dale said. "You want to send an early message that you're not going to sit back and relax but get down to business right away, and that seemed to be the key for us Wednesday night."

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Wauwatosa West girls soccer team seeks Woodland title

May 18, 2016 10:55 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West girls soccer team went 2-2 last week, but coach Ryan Bailey's team won the most important matches.

People are taking notice of the Trojans, who are 11-2-3 overall coming into this week and 9-0-1 in the Woodland Conference. West played its final conference game at Whitnall on Tuesday (May 17), and a win or tie gives the Trojans the outright conference championship. The Falcons are 4-5 overall, 3-4 in league play.

The state's coaches have noticed the Trojans and ranked them fourth in Division 2 this week behind Waukesha West (12-1-2), Whitefish Bay (8-2-3) and Cedarburg (7-2-2).

"I told the girls that is good to be a favorite and to create excitement as long the expectations and goals set are still being met," Bailey said. "We have been ranked in the top five in the state since, and we have stayed at the top of the conference from our first game until our last despite each team trying their best to knock us off."


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Wauwatosa East's Ryan Kelnhofer to play in summer All-Star game

May 18, 2016 10:48 a.m. | Wauwatosa East senior wide receiver/defensive back Ryan Kelnhofer didn't have the opportunity to play on a winning football team in his three seasons. But that doesn't mean he wasn't successful.

Kelnhofer has been rewarded for his efforts by being named to play in the 2016 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game on July 16 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, one of a handful of Red Raiders to have such an honor.

Kelnhofer will be coached by a couple former Raider head coaches on the All-Star Large South: Tom Swittel, who retired from Brookfield East this winter, and Jake Wolters, Whitefish Bay head coach.

Kelnhofer led the Red Raiders in receptions and yards for the 2015 football season. He will be playing football at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, next season.

Throughout his three years on varsity, Kelnhofer showed great strength and dedication to play and did all he could for the Tosa East Football team. The other conference coaches were well aware of his untapped talent as they awarded him three all-conference awards.

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Wauwatosa's Folley takes first in Greco-Roman Tourney

May 18, 2016 10:30 a.m. | Wauwatosa wrestler Justin Folley continued his success on the mat Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, in the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation's State Freestyle Tournament.

Folley finished runner-up in Saturday's freestyle tournament to Jeremy Schoenherr. Then on Sunday, he competed in the WWF State Greco-Roman Tournament and was crowned the state champion.

His final match in Greco, he avenged his loss in the freestyle finals by throwing Schoenherr in the final 10 seconds to earn the 8-6 victory. Schoenherr was a D-3 state WIAA champion this past February.

Folley now qualifies to compete in the National Tournament this coming July in Fargo, North Dakota.

Here is a breakdown of his performances in each event.

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Call for votes to name new giraffe at Milwaukee County Zoo

May 18, 2016 10:19 a.m. | Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is asking for the public's help in naming the baby giraffe born at the Milwaukee County Zoo last month.

A female giraffe was born April 26 to first-time mother Marlee and father Bahatika. The female reticulated giraffe calf joins brother Tafari, another new giraffe born at the zoo in September 2015. The public was also invited to help choose a name for Tafari after his birth. More than 5,000 votes were cast.

Now an online contest has been set up to choose a name for the zoo's latest addition.

Name options include:

·Abena, meaning "born on a Tuesday"

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Wauwatosa golfers finish fourth in fifth GMC mini-meet

May 18, 2016 9:57 a.m. | The Wauwatosa boys golf team finished fourth in the fifth Greater Metro Conference mini-meet on May 16 to start this week.

Marquette ran away with the match (148), followed by Brookfield Central (163), Brookfield East (164), Tosa (169), Sussex Hamilton (172), Menomonee Falls (176), West Allis Hale (188) and West Allis Central (264).

Adam Garski (42), Will Jushka (42) and Noah Monty (42) all led Tosa, followed by Noah Katula (43) and Owen Knezel (43), tying their second-best score of the mini-meets.

Tosa also finished sixth of 17 Division 2 teams in the Lake Country Charity Invitational on May 14 at Brown Deer Park Golf Course.

Tosa shot a 338 and was led by Garski, who tied for second (74). Monty (82), Jushka (90) and Jake Schultz (92) rounded out the scoring.

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Wauwatosa Swordfish set 10 records at swimming meet

May 18, 2016 9:51 a.m. | The Tosa Swordfish competed at the RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, May 13-15, where they set 10 new Long Course Meters records.

The meet was hosted by Mundelein Mustang Swim Club as 22 teams and approximately 600 swimmers from Wisconsin and Illinois participated in the 50-meter pool.

Lauren Malinowski (12 years old) got a new state cut in the 200 butterfly and set a club record, winning the event with a time of 3 minutes, 0:21 seconds. She set a total of five records.

Her other records were in the 50 fly (33.62 first) and 100 fly (1:16.48, second) and in the 50 freestyle (30.84, fifth) and 100 free (1:08.69, sixth).

Maddie A. Bartz (12) set records in the 50 backstroke (36.09, sixth) and the 100 (1:17.29, second).

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