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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.
 

Family, friends of man killed by Wauwatosa officer want answers

1:41 p.m. | The family and friends of Jay Anderson, who was shot and killed by a Wauwatosa police officer last week, are calling for a comprehensive investigation into his death.

Anderson, 25, was shot about 3 a.m. Thursday at Madison Park.

"If it was just him being in the park, how did it go so wrong so fast?" Shawn Moore, a family friend, said Saturday.

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber provided initial information on Thursday at the scene, saying officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot and saw it was occupied by a person with a gun.

The officer "fearing for his safety discharged his own weapon striking that person," Weber said.

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Tosa man with gun trove to plead guilty of illegal dealing

June 24, 2016 3:16 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to dealing firearms without a license and in the process will get rid of nearly 400 guns he had in his home, court records show.

Daniel Pelate, 61, is set to formally enter his plea July 7 before U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman.

Both the prosecutor and defense attorney will recommend two years of probation. Pelate faced up to five years in prison. As a felon, he will not able to legally possess a gun.

Pelate also agreed to pay a $50,000 fine. The 391 guns he has in his home will be sold through a federal firearms license holder. The fine will be paid out of the proceeds and Pelate will get to keep the rest, according to his attorney, Thomas Halloran.

Halloran said Pelate broke the law but labeled it a "technical violation." He said the case may have been hard to defend given the volume of guns involved. He said Pelate was a collector who was selling the guns on the side. His full-time job was as a salesman.

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Wauwatosa endorses bus rapid transit route, more approvals needed

June 23, 2016 4:30 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Common Council gave its endorsement for a proposed bus rapid transit system in a divided 10-5 vote June 21.

The council approved a locally preferred alternative route that would connect major employment hubs and run from downtown Milwaukee to the Swan Boulevard Park and Ride in Wauwatosa, primarily along Wisconsin Avenue and Bluemound Road.

"It was an important first step in this process," Conway said of the council's approval, adding that whether or not council members have supported the idea, they've been supportive in helping to educate the public about the project.

City aldermen debated the issue at length Tuesday.

Alderwoman Allison Byrne said the proposed system is a "quality of life issue" and could help citizens with disabilities or those living at or below the poverty line without ready access to vehicles.

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

June 23, 2016 2:58 p.m. | Here's a list of the top five stories from Wauwatosa this week:

1. Upgrade work at Center Street Park hits snag, options running dry

2. Wauwatosa School Board votes to give teachers a bump in pay

3. Hidden Tosa: Inside the Wauwatosa Police Department

4. Wauwatosa's Lutheran Home brings hope to Alzheimer's with day of fun

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Wauwatosa officer fatally shoots man at Madison Park

June 23, 2016 9:33 a.m. | A Wauwatosa police officer shot and killed a man early Thursday morning while investigating a suspicious vehicle near the city's north side.

According to police, at approximately 3:03 a.m. Thursday, the officer noticed a man sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot at Madison Park, near 100th St. and Glendale Ave., with a handgun in his possession. The officer feared for his safety and discharged his weapon, striking the man.

Other police officers arriving on scene administered first aid, said Public Information Officer Brian Zalewski of the Wauwatosa Police Department. The man was transported by the Wauwatosa Fire Department to Froedtert Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Milwaukee Police Department will conduct the investigation on the officer-involved shooting, which is standard protocol. The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave, which aligns with department protocol after a police-involved shooting.

Zalewski said there will be no news conference about the incident.

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Wauwatosa Public Library announces list of summer events

June 22, 2016 4:32 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Public Library has announced its lineup of programs for children and families scheduled this summer.

All events are at the library, 7635 W. North Ave., and are free. They aim to help children maintain reading skills throughout the warmer months.

The events include:

·Story and craft time,10 a.m. June 24 and July 22. Ages 3 and up are invited to listen to a story and then create a craft. Reservation not required.

·The Social Brain,10 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 27. Drop into the library to share book titles and ideas. Participants can post their ideas to the Book Wall for all to see. Second and third grades will participate at 10 a.m. and fourth and fifth grades will meet at 1 p.m. Reservation not required.

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Blood drives scheduled for Milwaukee County during month of July

June 22, 2016 3:49 p.m. | A number of blood drives are scheduled throughout Milwaukee County during the month of July, including one in Wauwatosa.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, county residents can donate blood at St. Bernard's Parish, 7474 Harwood Ave., according to a news release from the BloodCenter of Wisconsin.

Donors may schedule an appointment by calling 877-232-4376 or by visiting bcw.edu/appt. Appointments are preferred but walk-in donors are welcome.

Anyone age 17 or older — age 16 with parental consent — in general good health who meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date.

The following are other blood donation dates scheduled throughout Milwaukee County during July:

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Two lanes on Wauwatosa's Harmonee Bridge to close Thursday

June 22, 2016 2:59 p.m. | Two lanes on the Harmonee Bridge in Wauwatosa will close on Thursday, June 23 to allow for excavation work on the storm sewer crossing Harmonee Avenue to Church Street, according to information from the city.

The work will require that crews close the east half of the bridge with one lane of traffic in each direction remaining in the west half of the bridge. Work will continue overnight Thursday and then switch to the west lanes on Friday, June 24.

Weather permitting, work will reach completion Friday night with all lanes reopened.

Milwaukee Co. Zoo welcomes baby harbor seal, bonobo

June 22, 2016 2:13 p.m. | In the last month the Milwaukee County Zoo has welcomed two additions — a baby harbor seal and a baby bonobo.

According to a news release from the zoo, the male seal pup was born June 13 to mother Sydney and father Ringo. Both parents were born in the wild and the pup marks the pair's third offspring.

The harbor seal pup is on public exhibit and zookeepers have reported it's doing well, nursing and bonding with its mother, according to the zoo. In a month, the pup will be weaned and taught to eat fish hand-fed to him by zookeepers.

The Apes of Africa exhibit welcomed a new male bonobo May 23. The bonobo is the smallest of the great ape species and are endangered in the wild.

Claudine is the baby's mother and genetic testing will determine the father. The animals stay attached to their mothers for about six months before they begin to explore their surroundings and interact with other members of the troop. The baby will start to sample food when its between 6 and 8 months old.

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Teens accused of trying to rob Tosa resident with BB gun

June 22, 2016 1:40 p.m. | A Wauwatosa resident was working in his front yard at about noon June 6 when he was approached by two males who displayed a gun and demanded his money and car keys, according to a criminal complaint.

The suspects — one a 13-year-old boy, and the other, 18-year-old Christopher D. Gill of Milwaukee — allegedly left their school, St. Charles Youth & Family Services, 151 S. 84th St., Milwaukee, before trying to rob the man using a BB gun, and ultimately being caught by police.

Gill has been charged with a felony count of armed robbery with threat of force and a felony count of burglary. The 13-year-old is being referred to children's court.

About the incident

According to a criminal complaint, the Tosa man was working outside in the 8500 block of West Hawthorne Avenue at about 12:17 p.m. when the two approached him. One lifted the bottom of his jacket and displayed a gun in his waistband and said "Give me all your money! Empty everything out of your pockets! Give me the keys to your car!"

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Hidden Tosa: Inside the Wauwatosa Police Department

June 22, 2016 10:09 a.m. | The lobby of the Wauwatosa Police Department experiences a lot of foot traffic; it's the hub for those who want to report a crime or pay a parking ticket, for reporters sifting through records and for people who want to drop off unwanted medications.

But beyond the lobby's locked doors is an entire network of offices, training spaces and employees that work toward community safety.

The police department — which celebrated its 100th anniversary in April — is riddled with history, and the department proudly displays relics in the hallways. The department dates back to April 18, 1916, when the city of Wauwatosa signed into law its creation. The city's first police station was on Underwood Avenue in the Village of Wauwatosa; the police department was on the second floor, and city hall was on the first.

Old, framed photographs of the department hang on the walls. There are mug shots of women with beehive hairstyles from the 1960s, newspaper clippings and pictures of some of the department's earliest employees.

Back then, there were about 4,000 people living in the city, according to police records. The first police chief, George Baltes, and his two officers, Fred Sporleder and Charles Stamm, would give their phone numbers to residents, who were instructed to call them directly in case of an emergency. The city's first law enforcement personnel often worked upward of 70 hours per week.

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Offense holding back Wauwatosa West baseball team

June 21, 2016 10:23 p.m. | The struggles for the Wauwatosa West baseball team continued this past week, as the Trojans dropped all five games they played.

"We had a really hard time scoring runs," coach Jason Borski said. "At one point, we were at 25 innings in a row without a run."

After starting the season 4-1, Tosa West has dropped 10 consecutive games to fall to 4-11 overall and 3-5 in the Woodland West.

"There are glimpses of some very good baseball mixed in with some pretty poor baseball," Borski said. "We need to figure out a way to be more consistent in all aspects of the game going forward."

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Wauwatosa East baseball wins four conference games

June 21, 2016 11:19 a.m. | After three straight blowout losses, the Wauwatosa East baseball team was at a crossroads in its season.

The Red Raiders responded by winning four straight games, notching conference wins over West Allis Central, Brookfield Central (twice) and Oak Creek.

Tosa East dropped two consecutive games to end its week, leaving it at 7-9 overall and 6-6 in conference play. The Red Raiders are in seventh place in the Greater Metro, four games behind conference leader Oak Creek.

West Allis Central

The Red Raider bats broke out in a big way June 13 with a nine-run fourth inning on their way to a 10-0 victory at home.

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Former Wauwatosa West star Austin Jones drafted by Chicago Cubs in 26th round

June 21, 2016 11:11 a.m. | Austin Jones was surrounded by family at a cousin's graduation party when his phone rang. He immediately recognized the number as being from a Chicago Cubs scout.

After leaving the room to take the call, the former Wauwatosa West star returned to inform his family that the Chicago Cubs had drafted him in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

For Jones, the 2013 Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association and Now Newspapers All-Suburban Player of the Year, being drafted is a significant because of what he's overcome.

"This year was kind of a year for me to get back playing again," Jones said. "The draft wasn't really in the forefront of my mind, but everybody was extremely excited. I got a lot of hugs. It was really cool. Everybody was really excited for me."

The injury

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East Tosa Gran Prix returns to Wauwatosa June 26

June 21, 2016 7:47 a.m. | East Tosa is gearing up to host thousands of people June 26 for the final round of bike races in the Tour of America's Dairyland.

Professional and amateur bikers will race 12:20 to 8:10, viewable between 64th and 69th Streets on North Avenue. East Tosa will also offer a kid's race, local music, food, beverages, neighborhood parties and more.

It will be the fourth year that the races use Wauwatosa in the East Tosa Gran Prix.

For more information visit easttosa.org.

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