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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.

Wauwatosa fall leaf collection in progress

9:48 a.m. | Wauwatosa's annual leaf pickup began Oct. 12 and will run for about a month.

Residents may rake leaves into the streets by the curbs, but are asked to leave space for cars.

Yard waste pickup has been discontinued. Residents are asked not to rake plants or pumpkins into the leaves at the curb.

The last day to rake leaves into the street by curbs is Nov. 15. Community members may be subject to a charge to remove leaves placed in the street after the final pickup has been completed.

Wauwatosa's Friends of Center Street Park to hold Fall Fest Oct. 17

Oct. 12, 2015 4:43 p.m. | Boy scouts and students of the Wauwatosa Public Schools will chuck pumpkins through the air — among other activities — during the Friends of Center Street Park's second annual Fall Fest Oct. 17.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Center Street Park, located between Center and Clarke streets, with the main entrance at 6420 W. Clarke St., the community can participate in family-friendly activities like pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, pumpkin bowling, free games and crafts and live music.

A major funding announcement by Waterstone Bank will also take place that day.

Multiple food trucks and Sprecher's Fire Truck will be on site. Local dignitaries, Milwaukee Alderman Michael Murphy and Wauwatosa Alderman Bobby Pantuso, will be serving caramel apples that day.

All proceeds from Fall Fest will benefit Center Street Park improvements.

Thousands of items on sale at Wauwatosa Public Library in late October

Oct. 09, 2015 12:33 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Public Library plans to sell thousands of new and used books, CDs and DVDs later this month.

The library, 7635 W. North Avenue, has announced the following dates and times for the sale:

·9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24

·1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25

On Sunday, shoppers can bring a bag and for $2, may fill it with items.

Wauwatosa School District to host 'Autism Insights and Strategies'

Oct. 09, 2015 12:18 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School District, in partnership with the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, will host "Autism Insights and Strategies" next week.

The event is for general education teachers in collaboration with special education staff, educational assistants and support staff are invited to the event presented by Autism Consultant Mary Graczyk McMullen from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Families are also welcome to attend.

The presentation takes place at Longfellow Middle School, 7600 W. North Ave.

To register, send your name, phone and email to Call (414) 988-1260 for more information.

Updated week eight rankings of area prep football teams and players

Public invited to name baby giraffe at Milwaukee Co. Zoo

Oct. 09, 2015 11:28 a.m. | The newest addition to the Milwaukee County Zoo's giraffe exhibit needs a name and the public is invited to help.

The baby giraffe born Sept. 16 to mother, Ziggy, and father, Bahatika, stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall, and is doing well, according to the zoo. The baby animal is nursing from mom and is spending time with the other giraffes, but now the zoo is soliciting the public's help in deciding what to name him.

The following are the name choices:

·Asante — Swahili word meaning "thank you;" also the name of this giraffe calf's grandfather

·Jua — Swahili word meaning "sun"

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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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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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