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Wauwatosa East boys volleyball team edges Tosa West

Oct. 30, 2012 10:57 p.m. | Sometimes, the simplest solution can be the most effective.

That certainly was the case for the Wauwatosa East boys’ volleyball team in their thrilling five-game sectional semifinal win over rival Wauwatosa West on Tuesday at Tosa East.

The top-seeded Red Raiders did everything they could to set hitter Ben Plaisted up all over the court and the junior delivered, especially when it mattered most.
 
Plaisted finished with 36 kills, but tallied 11 of them in East’s 18-16 game five win.
“They couldn’t stop him,” said East coach John Simon. “We were sending him everywhere. He was hitting cuts and hitting angle shots and line shots.”
Perhaps Plaisted’s biggest shot came when East was down 13-11 and in jeopardy of seeing their run of consecutive WIAA State Tournament appearances end at six.
 
He buried a ball cross court and East (21-5) went on to win the next three points to take a 14-13 lead. 
 
“Every time the ball came to me, I just tried to swing as hard as I could,” Plaisted said. “I knew I was going to have to step up and I felt good out there.” 
 
The fourth-seeded Trojans rallied three times to tie the score, including an open court kill by senior Matt Stolz, who finished with a team-high 23 kills, to make it 16-16.
 
But another put away by Plaisted, followed by a futile scramble by the Trojans to keep the ensuring rally alive, secured the win for East.
 
“We knew they had big hitters, but I thought we played awesome and just came up a couple of points short,” Stolz said. “Plaisted just hit around us. It is what it is.”
 
Initially, the Red Raiders were getting production from their entire front line as the team jumped out to a 10-2 lead in game one.
 
Senior outside hitter Ben Mihelich paced East in their 25-17 opening game win with six kills, but West stabilized their blocking and took game two, 25-21.
That’s when Simon employed the simple strategy of getting the ball to Plaisted whenever possible.
 
“I told my setter after game two that every ball we can should go to Ben because they haven’t stopped him yet,” Simon said. “When they start stopping him, we’ll try something different.”
 
Plaisted finished off a 25-18 game three win for the Red Raiders with a thunderous kill, but the Trojans refused to disappear.
The two teams traded leads four times in game four, with neither squad going ahead by more than three points.
 
West (12-8) took the lead for good at 17-16 on a Stolz block and the senior finished the 25-22 win with a put away that forced game five.
 
“It was a battle and both teams came ready to play,” Tosa West coach Kyle Sikora said. “But they made adjustments and ran Plaisted across the whole back row, across the whole front row and we couldn’t stop him.”
 
While Plaisted proved to be a dominant presence, Simon acknowledged that the match could have gone either way.
 
“Whenever it’s East and West, it’s a battle royal,” he said. “It doesn’t matter records and that’s how this one was. So many points could have gone either way.”
 
Next up
The Red Raiders will now travel to Brookfield Central for the WIAA Sectional final to face the Lancers. East is the third-rated team in state and Central is the fourth-rated team.
 
The Red Raiders were undefeated in the Greater Metro Conference and Brookfield Central lost one game — to the Red Raiders.
 
In the Oct. 30th game at Tosa East, the Red Raiders won 3-1. Central won the first game (25-16), but then the Red Raiders regrouped and battled to win the final three games (25-22, 25-23, 25-19) and take the match.
 
On another angle, former Tosa East assistant to Simon is Brookfield Central coach Ken Nash.
 
The mentor will face the student with a trip to state on the line.
 

Changes coming to Wauwatosa Village: The Flower Lady finds new home

Feb. 11, 2016 3:27 p.m. | Shoppers will soon notice a few new changes in the Village of Wauwatosa.

Floral shop and gift store, The Flower Lady, will move to a new location by the end of March, said business owner Deb Fowler.

The floral shop, currently located at 1460 Underwood Avenue, is moving one block south into the space commonly known as the Robertson Ace Hardware building.

A hardware store had been operated at the site, 1417 Underwood Ave., since the building was constructed in 1897 and operated as Robertson Hardware for more than 92 years.

"I've always admired that space," said Fowler of the new location, who's shop recently celebrated 20 years of business. "Our work space, where we actually create all the arrangements, will be out in the open."

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Bryant & Stratton College offers new nursing program at Tosa campus

Feb. 11, 2016 2:01 p.m. | Bryant & Stratton College has added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program to its Wauwatosa campus, the college reported Thursday.

Beginning this week, students can enroll for the spring 2016 semester, which begins May 4, at the private career college. The new offering will help fulfill the demand for registered nurses with bachelor's degrees in southeastern Wisconsin, the program's director said.

"Employment surveys indicate the need for nurses will increase significantly in the next four years due to current workforce retirements," said Dr. Linda Krueger, Dean of Nursing at Bryant & Stratton College.

Over eight semesters, students will be trained for care in all health care settings, according to a news release from the college. The Wauwatosa campus recently unveiled "cutting edge" simulation labs that emulate a hospital setting.

"The BSN program is a great option for newly enrolled college students who would like to earn their bachelor's degree in two-and-a-half years compared to many traditional college programs of four years," said Krueger.

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KFC in Wauwatosa robbed Wednesday morning, suspect still unknown

Feb. 11, 2016 11:26 a.m. | A local Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant was robbed late Wednesday morning, Wauwatosa police reported.

Law enforcement responded to the restaurant, located at 6706 W. North Ave., around 10:45 a.m. Feb. 10, Lt. Brian Zalewski of the Wauwatosa Police Department said.

The suspect fled the scene before police arrived, but was armed with a handgun, Zalewski said.

No one was injured during the incident and there was no threat to residents in the area. Zalewski did not know how much money the suspect took from the restaurant.

The suspect was described as a black male wearing a blue face mask, a black winter jacket with a black hoodie sweat shirt underneath and dark pants. The suspect was about 6 feet tall and had a thin build.

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What residents in Southeast Wisconsin need to know to prevent the spread of Zika virus

Feb. 11, 2016 12:02 a.m. | Menomonee Falls —It may not be on the minds of most Wisconsinites amid the snow and frigid temperatures, but as the seasons change a major international health concern could have widespread effects right in our backyards.

Following the Feb. 1 declaration by the World Health Organization that has deemed the Zika virus an international public health emergency, local businesses and health care organizations are bracing for what the virus could mean at a local level.

Mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain and conjunctivitis are among the most common symptoms of the potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness, which has prompted several travel alerts to be issued to areas including the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.

Before the warmer temperatures make their ways back into the area, local pest control professionals are saying there are some things for those making plans for spring break to keep in mind.

While Wil-Kil Pest Control does not have the medical expertise to comment directly on the virus and symptoms, Regional Manager Randy Allen said the company is seeking to generate awareness about mosquito prevention.

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For Wauwatosa Hurricanes' Danny Larson, it's all about the team

Feb. 10, 2016 11:07 a.m. | When Wauwatosa Hurricanes coach Heidi Hegwood talks about star junior swimmer Danny Larson, it is important to remember that he doesn't walk ON water, he swims IN it.

But with the rest of this season and his senior year before him, Larson could have the title "best ever" added to his accomplishments.

When Christiane Toye, the athletics and activities administrative assistant, walked me into the pool area last week, she pointed out the records board on the wall by the pool.

"It's starting to be called the Danny Larson board," she said, half-kidding.

Larson holds around 10 records for the Hurricanes and Tosa West, before the team was combined with Tosa East, and that includes two relay records.

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Wauwatosa West boys basketball team bounces back to beat New Berlin West

Feb. 10, 2016 10:59 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West boys basketball team had a good week. Except for a missed free throw, it might have been even better.

The Trojans are 10-7, 6-6 in the rugged Woodland Conference West. They played Pewaukee (14-3, 9-3) on Feb. 9 and host state-ranked New Berlin Eisenhower (17-1, 11-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and Milwaukee School of Languages (5-10) at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

They won six of seven games going into this week. Last week they beat Greendale, 61-55, in overtime Feb. 2 on the road and then beat New Berlin West, 67-58, on Feb. 5, also on the road.

Greendale Game

Trailing 52-51 with 8 seconds left, West had the ball side out. The Trojans tried to get the ball to Alou Dillon, but the Panthers did a good job of denying him the inbound pass. The ball went to sophomore LaRon Perine in the corner.

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Wauwatosa West girls basketball team drops five in a row

Feb. 10, 2016 10:50 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West girls basketball dropped their fourth and fifth straight losses last week, playing one squeaker and a blowout in Woodland Conference West Division action.

The losses — 57-51 on Feb. 2 to Greendale and 57-31 to New Berlin West on Feb. 5 — came at Tosa West. The Trojans saw their record fall to 3-16 overall and 3-10 in the Woodland West.

They opened this week with a home game against Pewaukee (14-5, 10-3) on Feb. 9 and then will be at New Berlin Eisenhower (15-4, 11-2) on Friday, Feb. 12, and at home against Pius XI (18-1, 12-1) on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The Pirates won the first matchup, 73-40, on Jan. 5 at West, Eisenhower won, 61-24, on Jan. 8 at West and Pius won, 69-36, on Jan. 15 at Pius.

That's three games coming up against teams with a 47-10 (.825) overall record and 43-6 (.878) Woodland mark, who outscored the Trojans 203-100, an average score of 67-33.

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Wauwatosa East girls basketball team defeats Menomonee Falls to snap 3-game losing streak

Feb. 10, 2016 10:45 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East girls basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak to the top teams in the Greater Metro Conference by finishing the week with an impressive 51-37 win over Menomonee Falls on Feb. 5 at home.

The Red Raiders had opened the week with a 49-38 loss to first-place Divine Savior Holy Angels on Feb. 2 at Tosa East. They had previously lost to Brookfield Central, 49-35, and Sussex Hamilton, 69-51, both on the road on Jan. 26 and Jan. 29. All three of those teams are 30-6 (.833) in the GMC and 45-13 (.849).

Good defense

Tosa East played good enough defense to stay in the game with first-place Divine Savior Holy Angels, but foul trouble eventually led to a 49-38 loss Feb. 2 at home.

DSHA barely led, 18-17, at intermission, before the Dashers pulled away with a 31-21 second half.

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Big Cheese Classic National Wheelchair Basketball tourney set for Feb. 20-21

Feb. 10, 2016 10:23 a.m. | The second annual Big Cheese Classic National Wheelchair Basketball Association Tournament is being held in Metro Milwaukee on Feb. 20 and 21 at Brookfield East High School, 3305 Lilly Road.

The nation's largest wheelchair basketball club, Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks, will host four divisions, including children's 8-foot Junior Prep (ages 8-14) and 10-foot Junior Varsity (ages 14-21), as well as adult's Division 3 and Championship division.

There are 22 competitive coed teams from four states (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin) competing in the two-day tournament.

Brookfield East High School is an accessible venue that welcomes the tournament and its athletes who use wheelchairs. The NWBA frequently has their most-competitive youth athletes go on to compete as adults in Paralympic Games (held just after the Olympic Games in the same sports venues).

The Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks adult teams feature six U.S. and German national team athletes preparing for the Paralympics 2016 and four former Paralympic coaches and athletes.

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Wauwatosa's Larson wins two swimming championship

Feb. 10, 2016 10:16 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Hurricanes took third place in the Woodland Conference Tournament, and junior Danny Thomas won two individual titles.

"I am over-the-top proud of the Hurricane team," coach Heidi Hegwood said. "They had a really great meet. We had some amazing time drops from swimmers like Henry Lutz (200 IM, 100 backstroke), Henry Lynch (200 freestyle, 500 free) and Paul Gagne (50 free, 100 butterfly)."

Shorewood took first (452.5), followed by Greenfield/Greendale/Pius XI (383) and Wauwatosa East/West (346).

Junior Danny Larson won the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 45.21 seconds and the 100 free (48.63).

Both divers picked up points as senior Avery Weishoff finished second (375.70) and sophomore Jacob Lueck placed sixth (242.85).

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Wauwatosa East boys basketball team drops third straight game

Feb. 10, 2016 10:04 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys basketball team has lost three in a row and four of their last five games and need to turn the season around quickly if they want to avoid a one-and-done postseason.

After losing to Sussex Hamilton, 70-61, back on Jan. 29, the Red Raiders (7-11) lost at Marquette, 75-55, on Feb. 2 and at Menomonee Falls, 69-65, on Feb. 5.

Tosa East is now tied for fifth in the Greater Metro Conference with a 5-6 record, the same as the Indians.

Falls loss

In Friday's loss at Falls, Tosa East got off to a good start by taking a 6-point lead in a first half that was dominated by defense, 29-23.

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Five Wauwatosa East student-athletes to play at collegiate level

Feb. 10, 2016 9:27 a.m. | Five student-athletes from Wauwatosa East will attend college and play their respective sports.

One soccer player, a swimmer, a football player and two baseball players will continue their careers at the next level.

Celia Ripple, a swimmer, will attend Middlebury College in Vermont.

Tristan Reagan, a soccer player, will attend Northern Michigan University.

Jermaine Copeland, a football player, will attend the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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Wauwatosa's Beekman to play football at Southern A&M

Feb. 10, 2016 9:12 a.m. | Former Wauwatosa East football/basketball player Bryce Beekman signed a letter of intent to accept a football scholarship to Southern A&M University in Baton Rouge.

Beekman attended Wauwatosa East for the last three years and recently moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when his mother, Julie Jackson, had a job opportunity. He is finishing his senior year at Scotlandville Magnet High School.

"Wauwatosa was a wonderful community, where Bryce went to school since kindergarten and always considers Wauwatosa his home," Jackson said. "His success today is certainly a reflection of the wonderful sport programs and coaches in Wauwatosa."

Tosa officers return to work following police-involved shooting

Feb. 09, 2016 3:35 p.m. | Two Wauwatosa officers placed on administrative leave in January following a police-involved shooting returned to work about two weeks ago, Police Chief Barry Weber reported Tuesday.

Jerry R. Hubbard, 34, of Wauwatosa is accused of killing his girlfriend, fleeing from police and attacking an officer with a knife Jan. 11. Hubbard's girlfriend, 32-year-old Lauren Johnson, was found dead under a balcony at Normandy Village Apartments, 2850 N. 124th St.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office determined Johnson was suffocated and died before she fell off the balcony.

Responding officers were involved in a foot pursuit with Hubbard and a physical struggle ensued after officers caught up with the man. Hubbard was armed with a Faberware serrated kitchen knife with an 8-inch blade.

Hubbard stabbed a lieutenant with the knife before two other officers on scene fired their service weapons at the man, each firing one round. Both hit the man. Hubbard was transported to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

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