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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.”  

Athleta coming to Mayfair

10:20 a.m. | Athleta, a performance apparel store for women, plans to open at Mayfair Mall later this year, the mall announced today.

The store, which will be Athleta's third in the state, will be on the lower level of the mall near the new corridor to Nordstrom.

"This has been a year full of growth and exciting changes at Mayfair," Stephen Smith, general manager of the mall, said in a press release. "Our redevelopment expansion is successfully progressing and we continue to add retailers that provide an extraordinary retail experience for our customers."

Athleta offers clothing tailored specifically for a variety of sports from yoga to cycling, as well as general activewear, dresses and accessories.

Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 29

Aug. 29, 2014 10:27 p.m. | Teams were looking to continue winning ways or bounce back after opening-week losses Aug. 28 and 29.

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 2.

Tosa West's Purifoy, big plays spark 35-15 win

Aug. 29, 2014 10:09 p.m. | It took the Wauwatosa West football team a half to get going, but when it did, there was no looking back for the Trojans in a 35-15 win over an improved Grafton team.

West (2-0) fell behind 12-0 and trailed 15-14 at halftime, but then the Trojans scored on three big plays to blow out the Blackhawks, 21-0, in the second half.

"I think we're going to be a big-play offense," coach Matt Good said. "We practice those plays. It was fun to watch when the kids did what they are supposed to do."

Trailing, 15-14, Grafton had just stopped the Trojans, when Zach Veit when back to punt on the opponent's 43-yard line. Veit took the snap, watched the Blackhawks turn and go down field to block and then took off on his own on an 18-yard romp to get a crucial first down.

"That's a coach's kid, making a coach's kid's play," Good said of Veit, whose father, Ben, was a former West coach. "Zach's a very intelligent football player. He saw something and took advantage of it.

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88-year-old passenger dies after three-car crash in Tosa

Aug. 29, 2014 11:23 a.m. | An 88-year-old passenger died yesterday from injuries sustained from a three-car crash around 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at the intersection of N. Mayfair Road and W. Center St., according to a Wauwatosa Police news release.

The victim was riding with an 86-year-old Wauwatosa resident who had collided with a car while making a left turn at the intersection. Following the collision, the report said both vehicles struck a third car that was stopped for a red light while waiting to turn on Mayfair Road.

Police declined comment until further investigation of the crash is completed.

Nordstrom at Mayfair is planning a restaurant, Ruscello, and a coffee bar

Aug. 29, 2014 10:55 a.m. | The Nordstrom department store under construction at Mayfair mall in Wauwatosa would include a restaurant called Ruscello and a coffee bar called eBar, according to plans submitted to the city.

Ruscello would be on the north side of the store's first floor, with seats for 127 diners, and would have an adjoining patio seating 44. The coffee bar would be on the second floor.

Similarly, Macy's department store at Mayfair has a Starbucks coffee shop (another Starbucks is on the mall's second floor).

The Nordstrom in Oak Brook, Ill., also has a Ruscello restaurant; its menu includes appetizers, pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, entrees and desserts. Prices there are mid-range; pastas, for example, range from $11.95 (chicken and artichoke with ziti) to $17.25 (linguine with seafood).

Nordstrom wants to serve alcohol at the restaurant. The Mayfair Ruscello would be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, the plans show.

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Police say train accident was 'apparent suicide' by Oak Creek man

Aug. 28, 2014 10:20 a.m. | A train-pedestrian accident in Wauwatosa this morning seems to have been a suicide, according to an initial investigation by Wauwatosa Police. Police said the man who died was from Oak Creek. 

Police responded to the collision shortly after 8 a.m. in the 6000 block of W. State Street, where the man was killed by a westbound freight train. 

Canadian Pacific Spokesman Andy Cummings said the CP train crew saw the man on the tracks, blew the train’s whistle and applied the emergency brakes before colliding with him. 

The front of the train that hit the man was stopped for hours after the collision near 62nd and State, a couple blocks from where the collision reportedly occurred. Cummings said freight trains can take a mile or more to stop after hitting the brakes. 

Cummings said the man was not at a regular crossing, such as a street, sidewalk or driveway. A shallow ditch with shrubbery separates the north side of the track from the sidewalk on State Street but there is no fence. 

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Milwaukee gets its first green bike lane installed in Riverwest

Aug. 27, 2014 2:46 p.m. | Big news for bicyclists in Milwaukee: Two bike lanes in the area are going green.

The first green bike lane was installed Tuesday in the Riverwest neighborhood. Another will be installed in Wauwatosa.

The green lane in Milwaukee is at the intersection of N. Humboldt Blvd. and E. Locust St., and it is broken into three segments of about 150 feet each. It was placed there as part of a paving project on Humboldt.

The intersection was chosen because it's a "conflict zone" for cyclists and motorists, said Dave Schlabowske, deputy director of the Wisconsin Bike Federation.

"It's a very popular bike route that also sees a high number of drivers," Schlabowske said. "It makes sense to put a green lane there."

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Mayfair Applebee's closes after 24 years in business

Aug. 27, 2014 2:22 p.m. | The Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurant at Mayfair Mall has closed after 24 years in business.

Applebee's and Mayfair couldn't reach a renewal agreement "that made sense for both parties," so the restaurant at 2500 N. Mayfair Road was closed at midnight Tuesday, the company said Wednesday.

An announcement that the Mayfair Applebee's would close actually was made more than a year ago. Back then, the dining chain said the restaurant would close June 30, 2013.  Ann Watson, a spokeswoman for Applebee's/Apple Hospitality Group, said Wednesday she didn't have information on why the restaurant stayed in business more than a year after it originally had been set to close.

The mall's general manager couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

Watson did not know how many employees worked at the restaurant, but said the company was committed to transferring as many as possible to other Applebee's locations. The nearest are at 2865 S. 108th St. in West Allis and 6750 W. State St. in Wauwatosa.

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Second design workshop for Tosa skate park is Thursday

Aug. 26, 2014 11:31 p.m. | Kanten Russell of Stantec/Action Sport Design will host a second design workshop for a new skate park in Hart Park at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

Russell will discuss design ideas based on feedback from the first workshop Aug. 7. Conceptual plans include a bowl, half pipe, hand rail and grind ledges in a circular form around a green drainage area.

The grass-roots group pushing for the park, Tosa Skateboarders United, has a budget of more than $250,000, including money from the city and local fundraising efforts. They hope it will open next summer near 70th and Chestnut streets.

Former Wauwatosa priest pleads not guilty to embezzlement charges

Aug. 26, 2014 12:13 p.m. | Former Wauwatosa priest James Dokos pleaded not guilty this morning to a charge of felony theft. He is accused of embezzling more than $110,000 from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

Dokos, 62, is now a Chicago resident. If found guilty, he could see up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

The criminal complaint in the case says Dokos inappropriately spent money from a church trust fund he was given control over between August 2008 and October 2012, using funds to pay his credit card bill and writing several checks from the fund to himself and family members.

According to the complaint, Dokos had been made trustee of the account in 2008 after the deaths of both funders of the trust, Ervin and Margaret Franczak. Margaret had named him as a successor.

Dokos is due back in court Dec. 16.

The social media story of Wauwatosa West at Wauwatosa East football

Aug. 23, 2014 10:50 a.m. | Wauwatosa West and Wauwatosa East opened their football seasons in style: With a crosstown battle at Hart Park on Aug. 22.

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.

Here is what happened in the 2014 matchup.

 

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Trojans rule the city another year

Aug. 22, 2014 11:56 p.m. | For the second year in a row, it was the Trojans from Wauwatosa West who ruled their city after beating Wauwatosa East, 42-7, on Aug. 22 at Hart Park in the season opener for both sides.

Senior running back Demaris Purifoy was particularly effective, scoring five times and racking up 152 yards to help the Trojans win easily.

Neither team produced particularly good offense on their respective opening possessions, but when the Red Raiders fumbled a Trojans punt, Matt Lundell was there to pounce on the loose ball and recover possession for West on the East 12-yard line. Truman Tyson ran the ball to the 1-yard line on the subsequent play, setting up Purifoy's touchdown run to open the scoring.

East couldn't get its offense rolling and turned the ball over on downs without getting a first down. The Trojans wasted little time adding to their lead and went up 13-0 on a 13-yard touchdown run from Paris Howell. Zach Veit added the extra point for a 14-0 lead.

"You lose the turnover battle and you lose the battle up front, you have no chance of winning, and that's what happened tonight," Tosa East coach Mike Richards said. "Tosa West is a good team, and we lost the battle at the line of scrimmage. We couldn't really get things going. Unfortunately we gave them two gifts at the beginning of the game; we were down a quick 14-0."

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2014 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.

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