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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.
 

Name revealed of new female giraffe at Milwaukee Co. Zoo

May 26, 2016 11:50 a.m. | The newest addition to the Milwaukee County Zoo, a reticulated female giraffe calf, finally has a name.

Approximately 6,000 votes were cast to name the giraffe, born at the zoo in April to first-time mother Marlee and dad, Bahatika.

Voters from 35 states chose the name "Zola," a word from African origin meaning "to love," according to a news release from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's office.

"I'd like to thank everyone here in Milwaukee and all around the country who participated in helping us choose a name for our new giraffe, Zola," Abele said in a statement. "Zola means 'to love,' which is a fitting name considering how much there is to love at the Milwaukee County Zoo. I hope everyone is able to get out to the Zoo this summer to meet Zola!"

Zola joins Tafari, a male giraffe born at the zoo in September 2015. The public was invited to help choose a name for Tafari after he was born last year. More than 5,000 votes were cast.

Wauwatosa law enforcement honors fallen officers during national bike tour

May 26, 2016 10:40 a.m. | For school resource officer Tracy Burbach, the choice of strapping on a bicycle helmet and pedaling more than 250 miles from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., was a personal one.

Burbach first learned about the Police Unity Tour one spring when a trailer filled with bicycles appeared in the parking lot at the Wauwatosa Police Department.

Members of the Wisconsin Riders were there to educate officers about the national event with hopes they would join in on the annual ride that raises awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and collects money for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum.

"We had to learn about (the tour) through a tragedy of our own," Burbach said, referencing the death of Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena, who was killed by her husband just months before, on Christmas Eve in 2012, while on duty.

Burbach said she was close to Sebena and the decision to join in the tour the following year was an easy one.

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

May 25, 2016 2:33 p.m. | Here's a list of the top five stories from Wauwatosa this week:

1. Wauwatosa alderman calls 1979 parking ordinance 'nitpicky,' looks for change

2. Tosa school libraries gear up for fall introduction of 'makerspaces'

3. Transit officials: proposed BRT system could attract thousands of new riders

4. Tosa West's We the People team reflects on nationals, yearly successes

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Wauwatosa West boys finish fourth at Woodland Relays

May 25, 2016 9:05 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West boys finished fourth in the 12-team Woodland Conference Outdoor Championship on May 17 at New Berlin West.

West scored 89 points, more than doubling the score of fifth-place Shorewood (43). New Berlin Eisenhower (174), Pewaukee (126) and South Milwaukee (91) finished 1-2-3.

The Trojans had two winners: senior Christian Jackson and junior Javaree Jackson.

Christian Jackson won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.99 seconds, returning from injury; coach Scott Jordan was happy to see him.

"He was back on the track after a leg injury and placed first in the 110 hurdles and second in the 300 lows," Jordan said. "It was nice to have him back."

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Wauwatosa West girls soccer team wins Woodland Conference championship

May 25, 2016 9:00 a.m. | So far, so good for coach Ryan Bailey's Wauwatosa West girls soccer team.

The Trojans finished the regular season with a 12-4-3 overall record and the Woodland Conference championship with a 10-0-1 record in conference play.

They finished the regular season with a 1-1 record, beating Whitnall, 4-1, in a conference match on May 17 to start the week. They lost a nonconference road match to Muskego on May 21.

Whitnall

West clinched the Woodland Conference championship with a 4-1 win over the Falcons, scoring quickly when Kate Murphy scored at the six-minute mark on an exquisite ball from Hannah Fuerstenau.

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Wauwatosa East soccer team splits two games, loses Lily Brock to injury

May 25, 2016 8:35 a.m. | To say that the Red Raiders (10-6-3) experienced a whirlwind of emotions during their match against Brookfield East May 17 on Tuesday at Whitman Field would be "the grossest understatement of the year," according to coach Eric Dale.

When the dust settled, the Raiders would be turned away by the Spartans by a score of 4-2 in one of the strangest matches Dale has ever been a part of.

"We absolutely dominated the first half of the game. We were pressing them the entire half, we controlled the midfield, we contained (Ari) Banks and (Abby) Gregg, and all things seemed to be pointing to a victory," he said. "And then, our leader went down in a heap in penalty box, and it felt like air escaping from a vacuum after that."

Tosa East's team leader, Lily Brock, senior goalkeeper and captain, was injured on a noncontact play in the East penalty area when going to retrieve a ball at the top of the box. "When I went out to see what was going on, Lily was a little more frantic and agitated then I've ever seen her. She did her best to remain calm, but she also told Gail and me that she heard a 'crack' when she fell down."

Brock is awaiting an MRI result, but after seeing an orthopedic doctor Wednesday, he confirmed that her MCL is torn and it's likely that her ACL is also torn. The Raiders will wait to see what the results are, but no matter what, the loss is a big one for the team.

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Wauwatosa East girls finish seventh at GMC Outdoor Track and Field Meet

May 25, 2016 8:31 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East girls finished seventh with 42 points at the Greater Metro Conference Outdoor Championship, on May 17 at Menomonee Falls.

"It was a great effort by the girls," coach Glen Gardiner said. "We're looking forward to the regional meet hosted by West Allis Central."

East placed in 11 events and had several personal records by girls who didn't place.

The top finish was a third by the 4x400-meter relay team, which took third in 4 minutes, 15.08 seconds by Dom Evans, Katie Gastrau, Hannah Brooks and Toni Bonds.

Bonds, a junior, also had a PR by taking fourth in the 400 run (1:01.81).

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Wauwatosa East boys fourth at GMC Outdoor Track and Field Meet

May 25, 2016 8:28 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys track team scored 83.5 points to finish fourth at the Greater Metro Conference Outdoor Championships on May 17 at Menomonee Falls.

Finishing before the Red Raiders were Brookfield East (142), Menomonee Falls (134) and Marquette (93). Brookfield Central (70.5), Hamilton (68), West Allis Hale (42) and West Allis Central (36).

"We missed a few opportunities to score points, which hurts when we missed third place in the team scores by less than 10 points," coach Mackenzie Laska said. "But overall it was a solid performance from the team."

Senior Dan Scallon had a big day, winning the 200-meter dash with a personal record time of 22.19.

He was also a member of the first-place 4x400-meter relay team (3:30.31) with seniors Marquez Green, Nathan Green and Sam Stelloh, and the third place 4x100 relay (44.10) with Ryan Kelnhofer, Lewis Huenink, and Jeremiah King.

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State Street road work may be the biggest headache this year in Wauwatosa

May 25, 2016 7:59 a.m. | It wouldn't be summer in Wisconsin without road construction, and Wauwatosa is no different.

Here are a few of the major headaches drivers may encounter as they navigate the streets in the coming months.

The numbers below correspond with the numbers on the map above.

1) Construction work on the State Street redevelopment project in the Village of Wauwatosa began May 9. Eight-inch thick concrete pavers designed and manufactured for roadway service will be installed throughout the area. A number of landscaping features and a curbless center Village plaza will be installed. State Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, but will reopen during evenings and weekends with a one-way, westbound-only lane. There are three project phases; the first phase has an estimated cost of $5.2 million.

2) Existing curb and gutter will be removed on North 91st and North 93rd streets, both from Menomonee River Parkway to Stickney Avenue this summer. The existing asphalt pavement will be milled as required and replaced with concrete curb and gutter and asphalt pavement. Work is expected to begin in July. No detours are anticipated.

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Wauwatosa Sports Notes: May 26, 2016

May 24, 2016 5:02 p.m. |

East's Prange to play in All-Star Soccer Game

Ben Prange, a four-year letter-winner and a two-year captain in the boys soccer program, has been selected to play on the Blue Team in the Wisconsin Masonic All-Star Soccer Game on July 30 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Prange, a St. Norbert's recruit, scored more than 45 career goals and collected more than 25 assists, all as a member of the varsity team. He is a two-time first-team All Conference selection for the Greater Metro Conference and was an honorable mention All Conference selection as a sophomore.

He also was a second-team All State selection for his senior year and was an honorable mention All State selection as a junior.

He earned several other honors over his four years. He was 2015 GMC Scholar Athlete, 2015 NHS Student Athlete Award Recipient and was named Co-MVP at Bob Spielmann Soccer Camp.

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Milwaukee County Chargers defeat Bulldogs in exhibition opener, 20-6

May 24, 2016 4:54 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Chargers semiprofessional football team won their first two exhibition games, defeating the Brew City Bulldogs, 20-6, on May 14, in a game that was strangely shortened when the visiting Bulldogs kept fighting each other.

Then on May 21, the Chargers beat the Waukesha Raiders, 21-14.

Brew City

"It was good to get the rust off the pads," coach Scott Bolin said. "(I) wish we could have played the whole game, but we're coming around as a team."

Shag Russel returned a punt for a touchdown in the first quarter to get the Chargers on the board for a 6-0 lead.

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Wauwatosa officer rescues seven ducklings trapped in storm sewer

May 24, 2016 3:58 p.m. | The work of police officers likely includes responding to a number of unique circumstances — and it Wauwatosa, that includes ducklings.

According to a recent post published on the Wauwatosa Police Department's Facebook page, one member of the force, identified as officer Evan Olson, helped rescue seven young ducklings trapped in a storm sewer.

"It's a bird, it's a pla...oh wait, it really is a bird," the post read.

The ducklings wandered across the street and got stuck in s storm sewer, according to the post.

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Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes

May 24, 2016 12:05 p.m. | JP sits down with top girls soccer players Dani Rhodes of Waukesha West and Emily Cervantes of Catholic Memorial. JP also begrudgingly talks about the decision facing Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, and the guys talk about Cubs-hate in the Milwaukee market and look at a number of WIAA spring sports storylines. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Wauwatosa Police Report: May 15 - 21

May 24, 2016 10:24 a.m. |

Robbery

1Around 10:30 p.m. May 19, someone reported being the victim of an armed robbery in the 4100 block of North Mayfair Road after the suspect displayed a semiautomatic handgun and took the victim's wallet.

Burglary

2Someone entered and burglarized a home in the 7600 block of West Clarke Street between 11 and 11:20 a.m. May 16.

Theft

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Wauwatosa West girls track team runs away with Woodland Outdoor title

May 24, 2016 10:08 a.m. | Wauwatosa West girls track and field coach Jack LoPresti collects conference championships like some people collect baseball cards. When his Trojans won the Woodland Conference Outdoor on May 17 at New Berlin West, it was their 23rd conference title since 2005.

West ran off with the title, outscoring second place Whitnall by 47.50 points, 155 to 107.50.

"It was an amazing team effort — the girls scored over 150 points — just a tremendous job in so many events," LoPresti said. "(It was) a real tribute to all the girls and our coaching staff. I feel lucky to work with such a group of coaches and athletes every day."

Mercy Ndon won the 100-meter dash (12.19 seconds), followed by Cheri'A Adams (12.23) and Azya McLin (12.29), making it a clean sweep of the top spots; all three broke the 100-meter Woodland Outdoor meet record.

"Mercy, Cheri'A, and Azya are an awesome group," LoPresti said. "This year has been fun, and we are looking forward to many cool things in the coming weeks. Those three amigos made it look easy in the 200-dash as well, sweeping up the 200; it was very fun to watch."

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