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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.”  

Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

10:05 p.m. | As August ends, the Wisconsin preps football season begins.

Games started Thursday and continued through Saturday as programs faced off against Week 1 opponents.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 1.

Poll: Who will win the Battle of Wauwatosa: West or East?

Aug. 21, 2014 10:24 a.m. | Tonight at Hart Park, Wauwatosa West and Wauwatosa East open their football seasons in style: With a crosstown battle.

The Trojans and Red Raiders have had an even record against each other in recent years. 

The Red Raiders won 21-13 in 2011. After skipping a matchup in the 2012 season, the Trojans won 54-0 last year.

Who do you think will win tonight? Cast your vote in our poll below.

 

Wauwatosa students hit same average ACT score as last year

Aug. 20, 2014 5:38 p.m. | Coming out ahead of the statewide average ACT score, but not showing improvement from previous years, Wauwatosa students scored a composite average of 23.4 this year on the curriculum-based college readiness test.

More Wauwatosa students took the test than ever before, according to Superintendent Phil Ertl, with 75 percent of students participating.

About 73 percent of Wisconsin high school graduates took the ACT. The average score statewide, 22.2, was the second highest in the nation, falling only behind Minnesota's average of 22.9.

Wauwatosa did not score in the top ten school districts in the metro area, which was led by Whitefish Bay with an average score of 26.72. The highest possible score is 36.

Wauwatosa students taking the test this year tied last year's score, but came in lightly lower than previous years since 2002.

Twirly Birds vintage and hand-craft store moves to Waukesha

Aug. 19, 2014 10:31 a.m. | Wauwatosa — Kim Jenkins and Penny Stark of Twirly Birds will be moving their vintage and hand-craft store from West State Street to a Waukesha warehouse, 1426 Arcadian Ave., by the end of August.

The store concept in Waukesha will be an "occasional marketplace," in which multiple vendors will operate out of the same warehouse and will reopen each month with a fresh offering of goods to sell. Twirly Birds will be open the second Wednesday through Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A moving sale is currently advertised on Twirly Birds website and Facebook page at its current Wauwatosa location at 7532 A W. State St.

Paving complete on North Avenue

Aug. 18, 2014 2:49 p.m. | Paving is complete on North Avenue from 60th Street to Wauwatosa Avenue, as part of the road's reconstruction to eliminate left-turn lanes and implement bike lanes and pedestrian crosswalks. Street parking is back and traffic is flowing.

The road was closed Sunday for the work, which Public Works Director Bill Porter said went smoothly. Porter said the road will remain open for the remainder of the work, including pavement striping and installation of streetlights and signage. All work is scheduled to be complete by the end of September.

To attract customers to the area during construction, the East Tosa Alliance purchased more than 250 yellow hardhats for businesses to hand out to customers for special deals.

Nicolet cancels varsity football season

Aug. 14, 2014 8:39 p.m. | In a stunning development, Nicolet High School has elected to cancel the varsity football season in 2014, citing a lack of numbers within the program. The season was slated to begin with a game against Waukesha South on Aug. 22.


A statement from Nicolet athletics director Kirk Krychowiak was released Thursday and reads as follows:

 

"Nicolet High School has always considered excellence in athletics to be a key component of the quality education we provide to our students. The success we have achieved in our athletic programs is a direct result of the enthusiasm of our coaches, students and the community.

 

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East Tosa business owners clash over BID

Aug. 11, 2014 10:59 p.m. | As one group of property owners in East Tosa hopes to establish a business improvement district to promote and enhance North Avenue, another is trying to stop it, worried about the additional charge on their property tax bills.

At a public hearing Monday night, the opposition was louder, but the Wauwatosa Plan Commission approved the East Tosa BID's initial operating plan. Members of the Plan Commission said they hoped the businesses would come to a compromise on the details of the district to gain more support before the plan goes before the Budget and Finance Committee next month. The proposal would also have to be approved by the Common Council.

The plan could be stopped in its tracks if businesses collect opposing signatures from owners representing at least 40 percent of the assessed value in the district — a process they have already begun.

The district would stretch from 60th Street to Wauwatosa Avenue, which includes a total taxable assessed value of about $32.8 million. Property owners in the district would have to pay $3.50 per $1,000 of assessed value to the BID, with a $550 minimum and $5,000 maximum. Residences and non-profits would be exempted.

Under the proposal, the BID would have a 2015 operating budget of about $110,000. That includes about $57,000 for staff and administrative expenses, $27,000 for banners and street furniture, and $26,000 for marketing.

Weed found at Macy's inside Mayfair mall

Aug. 11, 2014 2:23 p.m. | A small, clear plastic bag of marijuana was found on the floor in front of a cash register at Macy's inside Mayfair mall, 2500 North Mayfair Road, at about 7:40 p.m. August 1.

An unidentified male employee discovered the bag of weed on the ground, the report said, but does not know when it would have appeared or who it would belong to.

Police could not recover digital surveillance of the area because the camera was not pointed in that direction during the potential time of the incident, the report said.

The bag of marijuana weighed about 0.61 grams.

Woman leaves dog in hot car, charged with animal cruelty

Aug. 01, 2014 12:06 p.m. | An unidentified woman was charged with animal cruelty after allegedly leaving her Doberman in the car for almost three hours in 88-degree weather while parked at Mayfair North Tower, 2600 N. Mayfair Road, on Tuesday, July 22.

Wauwatosa police observed the dog in distress around 5 p.m. on Tuesday after an anonymous witness called to report the incident. The dog was seen panting heavily and had defecated all over the car, the police report said.

In 90 degree heat, a car's internal temperature can reach 133 degrees after one hour, according to The Weather Channel's website.

The dog's owner, whose name could not be released due to the police department's redacting policy, returned to the car at 5:30 p.m. By that time, the police had already unlocked the car, removed the Doberman and placed him in a shaded area with water.

She said she had arrived at Mayfair North Tower at 2:45 p.m. for a work meeting she had at 3 p.m. with a potential client. The report said she had expected the meeting to last 10 minutes, which is why she parked in the "15-minute" parking space.

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Children's theater presents free performance of "The Frog Prince" tomorrow night

July 30, 2014 12:27 p.m. | Been meaning to check out the Children's Theatre of Wauwatosa this summer? Tomorrow night is your chance to do so — for free.

The summer theater troupe has been presenting free matinee performances of "The Frog Prince" since mid-July. Tomorrow, July 31, marks its last and only free evening show at 7 p.m. in the Lois Weber Theatre in Longfellow Middle School, 7600 W. North Ave.

This free event is open to the public.

Hawaiian grocery crowd-funds commercial kitchen

July 28, 2014 3:34 p.m. | Hawaiian grocery store, deli and caterer One Kine Grindz is hoping to raise $35,000 from friends and fans online to install a commercial kitchen at their Wauwatosa storefront, which would allow them to continue serving prepared foods for take-out and catering.

On their recently launched GoFundMe page, they ask customers to help them meet state code requirements for a commercial kitchen, including a hood vent, stove, oven, indoor grill, and fire suppression system.

"This has proven to be a much larger and more costly proposition than we can handle ourselves," the description reads. "So we are reaching out in the hopes that you might donate what ever you can to help us get a kitchen built (no amount to small)."

The effort had a dozen backers Monday afternoon in amounts ranging from $10 to $100, together totaling $535.

One Kine Grindz opened in 2010 at 7215 W North Ave. in Wauwatosa, expanding over the years from selling groceries to catering and serving meals inside and on its patio.

Wauwatosa School District creates new mobile app

July 25, 2014 4:06 p.m. | Wauwatosa School District has gone mobile.

In the next logical step to increasing its web presence with a refreshed website, the district has created a mobile app for iPhone and Android phones. The mobile app offers both a private and a public function.

The public setting displays the same information that is visible from the district's desktop website. The private setting allows users to login with a custom username and password and access classes that their children are enrolled in, combined calendars and more.

Students will have the same access to class information from the private app setting.

Download the app for iPhone from the Apple App Store or for Android from Google Play.

Tosa responds to concerns about radiation from water meters

July 25, 2014 2:56 p.m. | After receiving two complaints in the past couple months from residents who did not want Wauwatosa to install new smart water meters on their properties, city officials are considering an opt-out option for residents with health concerns about radiation.

One Wauwatosa man, Greg Schliesmann, recently turned to the media to voice his frustration over the installation attempt, saying the city threatened to shut off his water if he did not allow the smart meter on his property.

According to the American Cancer Society, the radio-frequency waves emitted from the meters, like those from cell phones, have a potential to cause harm but at an "extremely low" risk. The smart meters are able to relay readings back to City Hall so workers don't have to visit private properties.

Karen Jaeckels, mayoral assistant, said the city is now in touch with Schliesmann and proposing a smart meter to go outside his home to give him more distance, as it did last year for another resident with a health concern. She said the city has no plans to shut off his water.

City staff are also considering an opt-out program that might allow residents to pay a fee to use a meter without radiation. That would have to be approved by the Common Council and the Public Service Commission.

Menomonee River 14-year-old drowning victim identified

July 21, 2014 2:01 p.m. | Van Sang Vanmauipial, of Milwaukee, has been identified as the 14-year-old boy who drowned in the Menomonee River in Hoyt Park Saturday, July 19, around 3 p.m., according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department.

Vanmauipial had been swimming in the river with his friends when he did not resurface. Medical personnel tried to revive him before he was taken to the Children's Hospital. There, he was pronounced dead, according to the medical examiner's office.

Boy drowns in the Menomonee River at Hoyt Park

July 19, 2014 7:20 p.m. | A 14-year-old boy drowned in the Menomonee River in Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies received a 911 call that a group of children had gone swimming in the river and one did not resurface.

Members of the of the Wauwatosa and Milwaukee fire departments responded and the dive rescue team located the boy under water a short distance from where the children had last been seen. Medical personnel tried to revive him. He was transported to Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His name was not being released as of 6 p.m.

Detectives from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident.

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