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West Allis Hale slugger named NOW Softball Player of the Year

July 03, 2012 11:04 a.m. | West Allis Hale junior Rachel Seefeldt has been named the NOW All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year after slugging her way to 12 home runs and 40 RBIs for the Huskies this season.

She is joined on the squad by teammate Sarah Mueller and players from 10 other suburban teams.

Germantown co-coaches Kurt Raguse and Amy Barbiaux were named the coaches of the year.

NOW 2012 All-Suburban Softball Team

Milwaukee Co. Zoo welcomes two new lionesses

12:41 p.m. | Two lionesses are settling into their new home at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

The female lions, named Savannah and Amali, can be seen periodically on indoor exhibit in the Florence Mila Bochert Big Cat Country, according to the zoo.

The animals arrived from the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York as part of a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, an organization that strives to cooperatively manage specific and typically threatened or endangered species.

Savannah — nicknamed Sunny — was born at the Seneca Park Zoo in 2013 and could breed with the Milwaukee County Zoo's male African, Themba. Amali was born at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo in March 2013 and has resided at the Seneca Park Zoo since July 2013.

According to the zoo, even though the lionesses are not related, they behave like sisters. Sunny seems to be in charge, but Amali is full of personality, according to the zoo.

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Trial begins for man charged with shooting Wauwatosa police officer

12:38 p.m. | Jury selection began Monday in the trial of 21-year-old man charged with shooting and injuring a Wauwatosa police detective last summer.

Najee Harmon of Milwaukee faces three counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide and one count each of first degree reckless injury and possession of a firearm as a felon.

Prosecutors say Harmon opened fire on three police officers in the parking lot of an apartment complex near N. 60th St. and W. Good Hope Road on June 19. The officers were investigating an earlier burglary in Wauwatosa.

One of the shots hit detective Jeffrey Griffin, who suffered serious internal injuries.

Harmon escaped, leading to a two day manhunt that ended when he was found hiding in the basement of a house in the 2500 block of N. 21st St. and arrested without incident.

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Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players

Wauwatosa West boys basketball team defeats Shorewood, South Milwaukee

Feb. 03, 2016 11:01 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West boys basketball team knocked off two teams from the Woodland Conference East Division last week and improved their record to 9-6 overall and 5-5 in the West standings.

The wins gave them five in a row going into this week.

"We felt we could put together a little winning streak, and we have done that," West coach Chad Stelse said. "We need to build on this momentum."


West began last week with a 79-74 win at Shorewood of the Woodland Conference East on Jan. 26, their fourth straight victory.

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Marquette gets revenge with 75-55 victory over Wauwatosa East boys

Feb. 03, 2016 10:54 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys basketball team traveled to Marquette on Tuesday in hopes of springing a second upset against the Greater Metro Conference leaders this season. But the Hilltoppers had other ideas and pressed their advantage in the conference by defeating the Raiders, 75-55, to improve to 13-3, 8-2 in league play.

In the first meeting of the teams, the Hilltoppers struggled against the Raiders' defense, especially in the paint. This time, accurate shooting from distance helped the MUHS improve their inside game, and the Raiders had no response.

"We were more prepared for the defense that they threw at us," said Marquette's Jack Dwyer, who scored 12 points in the game. "They threw a zone 1-2-2. The first time we weren't really prepared to go against that zone, and this time we practiced against it and practiced throughout the week."

Marquette's Jerard Swan opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, and the Hilltoppers hit the gas pedal, charging to an early 13-4 lead. The Raiders saw a number of opportunities to get themselves back into the game. East's Najee Stewart scored his second consecutive layup after junior Blake Kratzer intercepted an errant Hilltopper pass and sent it Stewart's way, but the Hilltoppers quickly reasserted themselves with 11 unanswered points. The Hilltoppers led, 37-23, at halftime.

An early second-half dunk from Nolan Wright continued the momentum for Marquette, and Dwyer sunk his second trey of the game halfway through the half.

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Wauwatosa East's Stewart, Green combine for 49 points in win over Brookfield Central

Feb. 03, 2016 10:33 a.m. | After splitting games with two Greater Metro Conference contenders last week, the Wauwatosa East boys basketball team had a huge game at first-place Marquette on Tuesday night.

After beating Brookfield Central to start the week, the Red Raiders lost to Sussex Hamilton to end it.

The Red Raiders are two-games under .500 (7-9 overall) going into the MUHS game, tied for fourth place with West Allis Hale (each 5-4). Post-season seeding might be more important right now, depending on how the Red Raiders did against the Hilltoppers, a team they beat, 64-58, on Dec. 18 at East the first time around.

Good start

Last week, the Red Raiders got off to a good start at home, defeating Brookfield Central (9-6, 6-3), 67-59, as they kept the Lancers at arms length but couldn't blow them out.

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Wauwatosa West girls basketball team loses road games to Shorewood, South Milwaukee

Feb. 03, 2016 10:15 a.m. | The Wauwatosa girls basketball team dropped a 60-34 decision at Shorewood on Jan. 24 to open the week and then traveled to South Milwaukee on Jan. 29 and lost a 49-37 decision.

The losses gave West a three-game losing streak as they have lost 11 of 12 games. They are 3-14 overall and 3-8 in the Woodland Conference West.


West only trailed Shorewood by 8 points at halftime, 24-16, but then the Greyhounds took off in the second half, doubling the Trojans' score (36-18) and rolling to the win.

"Shorewood's zone, despite not a surprise, challenged us all night," West coach Ashley Imperiale said. "I wanted our girls to penetrate more to draw in two defenders and then create gaps, but we settled too often for jump shots. We were also too shy in cutting to the high post to stretch the defenses.

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Wauwatosa Hurricanes finish second at Bob White Swimming Invitational

Feb. 03, 2016 10:01 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Hurricanes finished second, had three winners and set two records at the annual Bob White Invitational on Jan. 30 at Tosa West.

The Brookfield Barracudas scored 484 points, and Tosa was next with 369. The New Berlin Marlins were third with 331.

"I was super proud of the team's accomplishments," coach Heidi Hegwood said. "Wauwatosa put up a good fight against the reigning champion Brookfield. Brookfield is a tough team to beat, but just to be in the running with them is an honor."

Junior Danny Larson won two individual events and was on the winning 200 medley relay.

With Larson on the first-place 200 medley relay (1:46.94) was senior Joey Rampolla, sophomore Nick Thuli and junior anchor Cal Hartt.

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Wauwatosa Tosa girls basketball team drops tough decisions to Lancers, Chargers

Feb. 03, 2016 9:31 a.m. | It was a tough week for the Wauwatosa East girls basketball team, who lost to third-place Brookfield Central, 71-51, on Jan. 26 and saw their seven-game winning streak snapped. Then they traveled to second-place Sussex Hamilton on Jan. 29 and dropped a 61-39 decision.

The Red Raiders (11-6, 4-6) will host Menomonee Falls (5-12, 1-9) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5.

In the loss to the Lancers on Tuesday, East hung in with Central, 22-16, at intermission. But the second half was all Central, as the Lancers outscored the Red Raiders, 49-35.

Brookfield's 49 second-half points almost outscored Tosa East (51) for the entire game as the Red Raiders couldn't come up with an answer.

Freshman Brooklyn Blackburn scored 11 points, the only East player in double figures. Senior Maya Walls had 9 points, and no one else had more than 4 points. Leading scorer senior Bailey Berlin and senior Tori Logan had 4 points each; sophomore Elizabeth Bueckers had 3 points; and junior Johanna Taylor and senior Chyna Sincere had 2 points each.

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Pewaukee whips Wauwatosa wrestlers to take first in conference

Feb. 03, 2016 9:13 a.m. | Playing their final home dual meet, the Wauwatosa East/West co-op wrestling team could have had a better ending for Senior Night on Jan. 27.

With a chance to win the Woodland Conference on the line against Pewaukee, Tosa dropped a 51-19 decision.

"It was a tough night," coach Kent Morin said. "We lost the coin flip that determines what team has to send their wrestler at a weight class. This cost us two matches that we would have won otherwise. But the bottom line is we had too many guys get pinned to win a big meet like this one."

Winning by pins were Justin Folley at 132 (0:32) and Zach Miller at 145 (1:03).

Winning a major decision was Jordan Boettcher at 152 (20-8), and winning by a decision was Darnell Granberry at 170 (9-3).

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Positive and uplifting stories in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country in January

Feb. 01, 2016 10:52 a.m. | Sometimes you're just looking for a little positivity.

And we hope to deliver that to you with a roundup of positive and uplifting stories from suburban Milwaukee and the Lake Country area. The following stories were published in the past month, and they feature stories that could warm your heart.


Nashotah teen spent 18 months in Los Angeles pursuing her dreams as an actress and singer

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Eastbound Blue Mound Road reopens in Wauwatosa

Jan. 29, 2016 8:55 a.m. | Eastbound Blue Mound Road has reopened in Wauwatosa after a crash closed all eastbound lanes at 110th St. for about an hour. Wauwatosa police responded.

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

Jan. 28, 2016 3:17 p.m. | Are you in the know? Here are the top five stories from Wauwatosa this week:

  1. Wauwatosa denies funding for park; baseball league now rethinking options
  2. Outgoing Wauwatosa health officer reflects on career of keeping community healthy
  3. Wauwatosa West High School's We the People team heads to national competition
  4. Tosa considers bus rapid transit system along East-West corridor
  5. Gov. Scott Walker's Wauwatosa home is up for sale


Have a story idea? Questions? Comments? Email Wauwatosa Now reporter Rachel Minske at rachel.minske@jmg.com. 

Milwaukee Co. launches coyote tracking program in Tosa, West Allis

Jan. 28, 2016 1:09 p.m. | Milwaukee County Parks announced Thursday that beginning in early February and lasting through March, it will trap and ear-tag coyotes that use county parkland in Wauwatosa and West Allis.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology's Urban Canid Project will set live traps, place ear tags on trapped coyotes and release them for monitoring, according to a news release.

Over the last year, Wauwatosa has seen its fair share of coyote-related problems; two pet dogs were killed by the wild animals last fall, causing neighbors to resort to walking in large groups and keeping a watchful eye on small children.

Wauwatosa officials and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources later held a public meeting at Underwood Elementary School on how to scare away coyotes and their behavioral tendencies. The public meeting packed the school's gymnasium, but many attendees expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of a "plan of action."

"During this phase of coyote management, we want to remind the public to follow ordinances by keeping their pets leashed and on the designated trails," said Julia Robson, Assistant Natural Areas Coordinator for Milwaukee County Parks in a statement. "We also want to be clear that tampering or interfering with the trapping is illegal, as is trapping by individuals who are not authorized by the Parks Department."

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Wauwatosa wrestlers beat South Milwaukee, take third in Janssen Invite

Jan. 27, 2016 10:01 a.m. | Coach Kent Morin's Wauwatosa wrestlers crushed South Milwaukee, 62-6, on Jan. 20 at Tosa West to begin the week and then finished third at the Tom Janssen Tournament on Saturday.

Tosa had four pins, four decisions, three forfeits and two major decisions among their 13 victories.

The four pins came from Nathan Linden at 160 (0:39), Lawrence Thomas at 195 (1:27), Lathan Hay at 120 (1:47) and Justin Folley at 138 (1:50).

The four decisions were Darnell Granberry at 170 (15-13), Andrew Radtke at 106 (3-1), Cole Acker at 126 (5-3) and Jordan Boettcher at 152 (16-10).

The two wrestlers who won on forfeits were Norberto Pliego at 182, Sam Kratochvil at 220 and Eduardo Pliego at 132.

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