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Big plays boost unbeaten Trojans

Sept. 07, 2012 11:32 p.m. |

Make that three wins for the Wauwatosa West Trojans. New Berlin West hosted Tosa West on Friday, and the Trojans walked away with a convincing 46-13 win to improve to 3-0 while the Vikings dropped to 1-2.

Big plays were the name of the game for the Trojans. A 20-yard touchdown run from Mickey Morgan opened the scoring halfway through the first quarter. The Vikings’ ensuing possession produced little progress and they were forced to punt the ball after failing to achieve a first down. The Trojans then took just two plays to score their second touchdown. After being tackled for a loss on their first play of the drive, Jameson Brock caught a pass from Jared Morzinski and ran up the right side of the field for a 73-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

As if a two-play scoring drive wasn’t impressive enough, Jameson was at it again on the Trojans’ next possession, when he weaved around the Vikings defense and ran 58 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the drive.

“I’ve got to put it out there for my team,” said Brock. “My quarterback, my blockers, my line, I love them. I wouldn’t trade this team for the world. Every play, somebody is blocking down field for me, I just love that. I just work hard.”

“They’re a big play team, and we talked about that all week,” said Vikings head coach Al Moroder. “They were able to make a couple big plays in the first half, and they’re a good football team. That’s something that will be corrected, just stopping big plays.”

The Vikings did not get on the scoreboard until the very end of the first half. After yet another failed offensive drive, Nathan Henrichs booted the ball to Develyn Ferguson, who couldn’t hang on, and New Berlin West's Bailey Rountree was there to pick up the fumble and run it in for a touchdown, though the two-point conversion attempt failed.

The Vikings found their passing stride in the second half, completing six passes in the second half after a first half with no passing yards at all

“We saw that they were bringing guys in the box to stop the veer and so we utilized that to pass a little bit more,” said Moroder.

There was a sense that the momentum might be shifting when the Vikings scored on their first possession of the second half on a run from Dylan Wiese to close the gap to 27-13, but the Trojans had an answer yet again. Brock returned the kickoff to the Trojans 45-yard line before making a 55-yard touchdown run on the second play of the drive.

“We got the ball on the edge," said Tosa West coach Matt Good. "We had a lot of guys come around and we were able to get the edge and we took advantage of it. We were able to get the ball to our guys and they got on the edge.”

Tosa West rounded off the night with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Develyn Ferguson, and a run from Greg Lewis.

Good doesn’t see the win as any sort of statement. “Our guys are taking it week by week and day by day. New Berlin West is a good football team and a good football program. It’s great to come here and get a win. I’m pretty proud of our guys, but there’s a lot to improve so we’ll go home, watch tape, and get ready for next week.”

The Vikings also have work to do as they head into their next game against cross-town rival New Berlin Eisenhower.

Large crowd in Wauwatosa gymnasium discusses coyote attacks, seeks answers

Oct. 08, 2015 1:59 p.m. | Packed tight into a gymnasium Tuesday night it was apparent many residents concerned about a recent surge in coyote attacks were interested in one thing: a plan.

After two dogs were killed in Wauwatosa last month and a suspected third just last week, city officials and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources held a public meeting Oct. 6 at Underwood Elementary School to discuss how to combat the reoccurring problem.

Amid educational information about how to scare away coyotes and their behavioral tendencies were questions about the legal penalties of discharging a firearm within city limits and whether city officials plan to add extra park patrols around dusk and dawn.

"If I have a concealed carry, how much trouble will I get it in if I shoot a coyote?" asked one man in the audience.

"What if it's out of self-defense?" asked another.

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Updated week eight rankings of area prep football teams and players

Wauwatosa West girls volleyball team bounces back for victory

Oct. 07, 2015 11:43 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East girls volleyball team jumped out quickly, but then Wauwatosa West cleaned up their act and battled tooth-and-nail to earn a hard-fought, entertaining 3-1 victory Oct. 1 at West.

Tosa West won, 18-25, 25-23, 25-20, 26-24.

The Red Raiders won the first set (25-18) as the Trojans continued to struggle with one of their rotations.

Tosa East started out hot and took a 11-2 lead to roll to a win in game one, which did not please West coach Kelly Dwyer.

"We started to be complacent and started making a ton of errors," Dwyer said. "East battled back and took game one from us. We had four missed serves and nine hitting errors; that's 13 points that we handed to them. It's hard to beat anybody if you hand over 13 points on your own mistakes.

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Wauwatosa East volleyball team wins thriller against Trojans

Oct. 07, 2015 10:48 a.m. | The crosstown boys volleyball rivalry lived up to its billing Oct. 1, as Wauwatosa East bounced back from a slow start and hung on to defeat host Wauwatosa West.

But it took five sets to do it. East beat West by scores of 23-25, 25-14, 25-21, 20-25 and 15-13.

"We came out strong and quick in the first game," West coach Kyle Sikora said. "We quickly established the middle with good passing and let Alou Dillon put ball after ball away in the middle. He was huge, and they could not stop him, even with a triple block."

But East coach John Simon's crew adjusted and won the next two matches (25-14, 25-21).

"In the second game (25-14) we came out flat and let East take a seven-point lead," Sikora said. "After that, it was back and forth, but we could never make up the difference. East is a very scrappy team and picked up everything we threw over the net."

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Wauwatosa East soccer team ties second-ranked Cedarburg

Oct. 07, 2015 10:33 a.m. | Wauwatosa East won one, tied one and lost one this week, but the tied match was the most impressive outing.

The Red Raiders began by blanking West Allis Central, 10-0, on Sept. 29 in West Allis.

Because of the blowout, the match ended at the 60-minute mark.

Tosa East would put the game out of reach early in the first half, scoring five goals in the first 12 minutes of the match.

Goals were scored by Ben Prange (two), Tristan Reagan (two), Josh Klein (2), Joe Tuffnell, Agu Ibanez-Baldor, Jake Reed and Paul King, while assists went to Reagan (three), Carter Kowalski, Andy Moe, Jordan Hoffland and King.

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Wauwatosa West football team blanks Vikings, earns playoff spot

Oct. 07, 2015 10:28 a.m. | With Wauwatosa West earning a playoff berth following a 41-0 win over New Berlin West on Oct. 2, the final two games will be crossover games, playing the Woodland Conference Eastern Division.

The Trojans (5-2 overall, 3-2 conference) travel to Shorewood to play the Shorewood/Messmer co-op (3-4, 2-3) in a nonconference game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Then next week (Oct. 16), the Trojans host South Milwaukee (4-3, 2-3).

The Vikings battled Tosa West to a 0-0 tie after one period before Kobe Vines, back in the lineup after an injury, scored on an 18-yard run at 9:13 and Rayvon Bartlett, Jr. scored on a 2-yard run with 1:29 left in the half.

"New Berlin West runs the football well, using that split-back veer," Trojans coach Matt Good said. "They average 6 yards per carry. We knew they would get yards, but we needed to make plays and get turnovers."

Tosa West recovered two fumbles and two interceptions by Haller and Logan Scharf, proving Good correct in his assessment.

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Wauwatosa East boys cross country team finished second at the Purgold Invite

Oct. 07, 2015 10:08 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys cross-country team placed second at the nine-team Cudahy Purgold Invitational on Oct. 3.

South Milwaukee won the event with 33 points, followed by the Red Raiders (52), Whitefish Bay (74) and Oak Creek (85).

The Red Raiders had great balance, as all five runners — all seniors — finished in the top 15 and the two extra runners finished in the top 19.

"We tried a different race plan for this meet that forced the boys to run in packs," coach Mackenzie Laska said. "Sam Potter paced the entire varsity group through two miles. They boys did an excellent job running together and committed to the race plan that required everyone to be faster at the 2-mile mark than they have ever been before. For some of the guys, this was even faster than they have run the 3,200 meters in track."

As usual, Potter led the way, finishing seventh in 16 minutes, 43 seconds. Right behind him was Marquez Green, who took eighth (16:43), Nathan Green in 10th (6:55), Paul Gagne 12th (16:57) and Sam Telloh in 15th (17:07).

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Wauwatosa East boys volleyball team beats Cedarburg

Oct. 07, 2015 9:58 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys volleyball team had a busy week, beating Cedarburg on Sept. 29, losing to Marquette on Sept. 30, beating Tosa West on Oct. 1 and losing in the quarterfinals of the Middleton Invitational on Oct. 3.

Tosa East finished second in pool play at Middleton, beating Appleton West (21-19, 14-21, 15-10) and Mukwonago (21-19, 21-18) but losing to Homestead (15-21, 15-21).

They defeated Hartland Arrowhead (25-23, 10-25, 15-11) in the pre-quarters and then lost to Kettle Moraine (16-25, 18-25) in the quarterfinals.

Middleton stat leaders for East were Aaron Plaisted (21 kills, 24 digs, nine blocks), Dan Jokisch (23 kills, 17 digs), Joe Marx (37 assists, 16 digs), Connor Baudhuin (38 assists), Blake Kratzer (22 digs), Cal Rohde (15 kills, seven blocks) and Eric Winter (13 kills).

Tosa East beat Cedarburg, 3-1, (25-14, 18-25, 25-21, 25-21) at home to begin the week.

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Wauwatosa East, West girls cross-country teams finish third, fourth at Purgold Invitational

Oct. 07, 2015 8:13 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East girls cross-country team placed third and Wauwatosa West was fourth at the eight-team Cudahy Purgold Invitational on Oct. 3.

State-ranked Whitefish Bay scored 37 points, finishing ahead of another state-ranked team in Oak Creek (43), Wauwatosa East (79), Wauwatosa West (126), Hartford (131), South Milwaukee (149), Cedarburg (176) and Greenfield (195).

Tosa East

Three juniors led the way: Janet Fee finished eighth (personal best, 20:00), Andrea Mabie took ninth (20:01), and Jordyn Summerfield was 13th (20:17). Fee is now second on the all-time 5,000-meters list, Mabie is third, and Summerfield fourth.

Then the youngsters finished up, as freshman Abby Wood took 20th (20:35, sixth all time) and Sydney Evans was 29th (21:30, eighth all time).

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Wauwatosa West girls tennis finishes second in Woodland Tennis Tournament

Oct. 07, 2015 8:08 a.m. | Wauwatosa West's girls tennis team took second place as a team and won two titles in doubles Sept. 29-30 at the Woodland Conference Tournament at Greenfield and Greendale.

The Trojans finished second (33 points) behind champion New Berlin West (39).

Trojan coach Kosta Zervas was confident going into the tournament.

"I knew going in we'd have a very good chance to make a nice run and finish at the top," he said. "We had several top seeds going in. Some of our early round matchups concerned me and might make our day a bit more difficult. That proved to be the case, and we came up a bit short. Had we come up on the positive end of some of those early matches, we'd be talking about a third conference championship in three years."

The No. 1 doubles team of Alisha Picard/Connie Terlizzi and the No. 3 doubles team of Abbey Kuehn/Morgan McDuffie led the way with first-place finishes.

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Public invited to Wauwatosa Village streetscape workshop

Oct. 06, 2015 9:58 p.m. | The public is invited to attend a workshop regarding the Wauwatosa Village streetscape project.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Firefly room at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7725 W. North Avenue, the public can offer feedback on designs for the village center streets, Root Common and the Pocket Park.

Those with questions should contact David Jaeckels at the City of Wauwatosa at (414) 479-3528 or

Bedbugs found in Wauwatosa juvenile court center

Oct. 06, 2015 5:35 p.m. | Bedbugs have been found in a Wauwatosa building that aims to provide a safe and secure environment for detained youth.

The parasitic insects were located at the Vel R. Phillips Center, 10201 W. Watertown Plank Road, on Thursday, Oct. 1, said Milwaukee County’s Facilities Management Director Jeremy Theis. The insects were then treated Oct. 2.

Thomas Wanta, the center’s administrator, said he’s uncertain when the bedbugs were first found, but the insects were first identified in the building’s district attorney area.

“That resulted in an evaluation and assessment (by) the pest control professionals,” he said, adding the experts have recommended to treat the affected areas.

According to a release from Milwaukee’s Department of Neighborhood Services, bedbugs have also been found inside the Marcia P. Coggs Center near 12th and Vliet Streets in Milwaukee. 

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Nordstrom Mayfair announces gala, late-night party fundraising events

Oct. 06, 2015 9:03 a.m. | Before its grand opening to the public Oct. 23, Nordstrom Mayfair will host a gala to benefit three area nonprofits.

The Links, Incorporated Cream City and Milwaukee chapters, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin and United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County will each benefit from the Oct. 21 gala.

The 6 p.m. event promises cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainments and fashion presentations throughout the evening. Complimentary valet parking is also available.

Following the event, Nordstrom Mayfair, 2424 N. Mayfair Road, will host Fashionably Late from 9 to 11 p.m. The event will feature drinks, sweet and savory treats, live music by recording artist Sean Jones, fashion presentations of new fall looks and shopping in the 140,000-square foot store. The party will end outside with local food trucks on site serving late night snacks, including burgers, pizza and mac & cheese.

Together, the gala and Fashionably Late are expected to raise $162,500 to benefit the three local charities.

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Aurora plans $35 million upgrade to psychiatric hospital in Tosa

Oct. 02, 2015 8:18 p.m. | Aurora Health Care announced plans Friday to spend $35 million to expand and renovate the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital Campus in Wauwatosa.

The health system's plan includes increasing capacity for additional patients and staff, building a new parking structure and replacing its residential substance abuse and rehabilitation facility to increase patient capacity and consolidate services spread throughout the campus.

The psychiatric hospital in Wauwatosa provides care to 20,000 to 25,000 patients a year, said Pete Carlson, president of Aurora Psychiatric Hospital and Behavioral Health Services. Most of the care is provided through outpatient services.

Systemwide, Aurora provides care to more than 40,000 behavioral health patients a year throughout eastern Wisconsin and employs more than 300 psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and certified substance abuse counselors.

The expansion and renovation of the Wauwatosa campus is projected to begin early next year, pending approvals, and to be completed by early 2018.

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Mayfair mall, Susan G. Komen host series of breast cancer events

Oct. 02, 2015 10:13 a.m. | Mayfair mall and Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin announced a series of October events to help increase awareness about breast cancer.

From October 2 - 16, the "Pink Promise Zone" will feature an educational exhibit with a series of activities and promotions in the mall's lower level center court. Guests will have the opportunity to pledge and display their promise to take measures toward breast health. The result will be a mural covered with pink pieces of paper representing each guests' promise to advocate for better breast cancer health, according to a news release.

In addition to the Pink Promise Zone, Mayfair mall and Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin invites guests to the following events and activities:

·Healthy Lifestyle Choices and Food: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4, two nutrition experts from Cancer Treatment Centers of America will serve simple recipes featuring foods that help reduce risk of illness. Samples will be given and guests are welcome to ask health and nutrition questions.

·"Wok" for a Cure: From 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8, P.F. Chang's China Bistro chefs will teach how to cook healthy lettuce wraps. Samples will be given.

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