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Red Raiders take advantage of short-handed East

Dec. 07, 2012 11:00 p.m. |

It was a typical Brookfield East-Wauwatosa East boys basketball game. Knockdown, drag ‘em, defensive battle, not pretty to watch.

In the end Tosa East came alive on the boards and used a 16-2 run in the third and fourth period to rally for a 41-36 victory at home.
The Spartans, who are playing without star guard/forward Brian Smith (ankle) and post Mike Nowak (elbow), lost point guard Ryan McBride with 5 minutes, 32 seconds left in the third quarter. The gutsy McBride returned with 2:45 left in the period after having his leg worked on.
Then to make matters worse, Jake Wiesmueller, East’s top 3-point shooter, and 6-foot-7 inch Jonathan McGinley, spent the night running in and out of the lineup in foul trouble.

“It was a game of runs,” Spartans coach Matt Malett said. “You try to minimize theirs and maximize ours and they got us when it counted. We’re hobbled, but nobody feels sorry for us. The Greater Metro Conference isn’t going to feel bad for us. They are going to try to go for the jugular when they can. 

“We scrapped, but we had 14 offensive rebounds given up. That’s not going to win in this conference.”

The Tosa East big men took over in the second half, Derrick Hurt on the boards and Ben Mihelich and Kyle Vnuk in the scoring column and it was too much for the Spartans to overcome. 

With the Spartans leading 26-18 with 5:24 left in the third quarter, Vnuk hit a 3-pointer, Hurt drop in 1-of-2 free throws and Vnuk and Mihelich scored before Brookfield East’s Steven Tongas scored on a beautiful reverse layup to make it 28-26 after three.

But the Red Raiders weren’t through, as Mihelich opened the final period with a basket and a free throws, Hurt but in a rebound and Ben Carpenter nailed a 3-pointer to end the 16-2 run and put Tosa East up, 34-28,

A steal and a basket and a free throws by Wiesmueller and two free throws by McBride cut the lead to 36-33 with 35 seconds left before the game turned into a free-throw contest in the final 30 seconds.
“We knew it was going to be a battle,” Tosa East coach Tim Arndorfer said. “It always is with Brookfield East. Even with a limited roster, Matt has them playing fundamentally well; smart basketball. We were pretty flat in the first half, especially on offense. At halftime we said our defense has to help our offense, which I think it did in the second half.”
The Red Raiders pressure defense in their big run took advantage on the short-handed Spartans.

“With a limited bench you’re going to wear down," Arndorfer said. "We wanted to come out endline to endline in the second half, hopefully wear them down, cut the lead and then see what happens in the fourth.”
Mihelich led all scorers with 15 points while Wiesmueller had 13 in limited minutes.
But the big story in the game was McBride, who played most of the game on one leg.

“He’s a senior that wants it badly,” Malett said. “He’s one of the toughest kids around. No one can question his toughness. I applaud him for his effort tonight. So much of our offense is dependent on him. When he’s hobbled and the other team sees that they try to exploit that a little bit.” 

Arndorfer also praised the Spartans senior point guard.

“What impresses me most is he’s always in control,” he said. “He never forces anything. He’s a true team player. I think he’s a guy who makes everyone else on his team better. Those are hard guys to find. 
“And the great performance he put on especially after going down with that ankle, says something about his heart. He’s a special player.”

As trial begins, man pleads guilty to shooting Wauwatosa police officer

Feb. 08, 2016 4:46 p.m. | A 21-year-old Milwaukee man pleaded guilty Monday to shooting at three Wauwatosa police officers last summer and seriously wounding one.

Najee Harmon of Milwaukee was originally charged with three counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and one count each of first-degree reckless injury and possession of a firearm as a felon.

But shortly after jury selection began at his trial Monday, Harmon agreed to plead guilty to two reduced counts of recklessly endangering safety, along with the injury and felon with a gun counts.

Harmon still faces up to 40 years in prison on each of the shooting counts at sentencing March 18 before Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Stephanie Rothstein.

Harmon opened fire on three police officers in the parking lot of an apartment complex near N. 60th St. and W. Good Hope Road on June 19. The officers were investigating an earlier burglary in Wauwatosa.

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Tosa's All-City Read well underway, more events to come

Feb. 08, 2016 1:43 p.m. | February is a busy month for book lovers, especially in Wauwatosa.

The city's all-city read kicked off earlier this month. The monthlong event aims to have all residents in Wauwatosa read the same book at the same time and then come together for neighborhood book discussions, public meetings and other community events.

This year's chosen book is "Peace Like a River," by Minnesota author Leif Enger. Many of the events align with themes found in the book.

Here are the events lined up for mid-February. Many more events are scheduled for later on in the month. For a full lineup visit tosasallcityread.com.

·"Peace Like a River" book discussion, 10 a.m. Feb. 11: Meet at Design Vision Optical, 8720 W. North Ave, for refreshments and a book discussion. Free. For reservations, call Design Vision Optical at (414) 774-0200.

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Wauwatosa Revolving Loan Fund celebrates 25 years

Feb. 08, 2016 1:21 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Revolving Loan Fund Corporation, a group that provides financial support for businesses and nonprofit organizations, celebrated 25 years of improving the business climate in Wauwatosa.

Founded on May 31, 1990, the corporation has loaned more than $3 million to 33 retail service businesses including 13 restaurant, five health care businesses, two manufacturing businesses, two technology businesses, two community organizations and one church.

Mayor Kathy Ehley issued a proclamation declaring Feb. 2, 2016 as Wauwatosa Revolving Loan Fund Corporation Day.

"l want to thank the dedication of volunteers serving on this board, especially our founding fathers and long-serving members, Peter Brusky and Robert Jaques (now both deceased)," Ehley proclaimed to the Wauwatosa Common Council Feb. 2.

"This board has been instrumental in growing the number of businesses in Wauwatosa, improving existing businesses and business neighborhoods, increasing the number of jobs and job opportunities and increasing the city's tax base."

Milwaukee Co. Zoo welcomes two new lionesses

Feb. 08, 2016 12:41 p.m. | Two lionesses are settling into their new home at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

The female lions, named Savannah and Amali, can be seen periodically on indoor exhibit in the Florence Mila Bochert Big Cat Country, according to the zoo.

The animals arrived from the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York as part of a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, an organization that strives to cooperatively manage specific and typically threatened or endangered species.

Savannah — nicknamed Sunny — was born at the Seneca Park Zoo in 2013 and could breed with the Milwaukee County Zoo's male African, Themba. Amali was born at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo in March 2013 and has resided at the Seneca Park Zoo since July 2013.

According to the zoo, even though the lionesses are not related, they behave like sisters. Sunny seems to be in charge, but Amali is full of personality, according to the zoo.

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Wauwatosa West boys basketball team defeats Shorewood, South Milwaukee

Feb. 03, 2016 11:01 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West boys basketball team knocked off two teams from the Woodland Conference East Division last week and improved their record to 9-6 overall and 5-5 in the West standings.

The wins gave them five in a row going into this week.

"We felt we could put together a little winning streak, and we have done that," West coach Chad Stelse said. "We need to build on this momentum."


West began last week with a 79-74 win at Shorewood of the Woodland Conference East on Jan. 26, their fourth straight victory.

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Marquette gets revenge with 75-55 victory over Wauwatosa East boys

Feb. 03, 2016 10:54 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys basketball team traveled to Marquette on Tuesday in hopes of springing a second upset against the Greater Metro Conference leaders this season. But the Hilltoppers had other ideas and pressed their advantage in the conference by defeating the Raiders, 75-55, to improve to 13-3, 8-2 in league play.

In the first meeting of the teams, the Hilltoppers struggled against the Raiders' defense, especially in the paint. This time, accurate shooting from distance helped the MUHS improve their inside game, and the Raiders had no response.

"We were more prepared for the defense that they threw at us," said Marquette's Jack Dwyer, who scored 12 points in the game. "They threw a zone 1-2-2. The first time we weren't really prepared to go against that zone, and this time we practiced against it and practiced throughout the week."

Marquette's Jerard Swan opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, and the Hilltoppers hit the gas pedal, charging to an early 13-4 lead. The Raiders saw a number of opportunities to get themselves back into the game. East's Najee Stewart scored his second consecutive layup after junior Blake Kratzer intercepted an errant Hilltopper pass and sent it Stewart's way, but the Hilltoppers quickly reasserted themselves with 11 unanswered points. The Hilltoppers led, 37-23, at halftime.

An early second-half dunk from Nolan Wright continued the momentum for Marquette, and Dwyer sunk his second trey of the game halfway through the half.

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Wauwatosa East's Stewart, Green combine for 49 points in win over Brookfield Central

Feb. 03, 2016 10:33 a.m. | After splitting games with two Greater Metro Conference contenders last week, the Wauwatosa East boys basketball team had a huge game at first-place Marquette on Tuesday night.

After beating Brookfield Central to start the week, the Red Raiders lost to Sussex Hamilton to end it.

The Red Raiders are two-games under .500 (7-9 overall) going into the MUHS game, tied for fourth place with West Allis Hale (each 5-4). Post-season seeding might be more important right now, depending on how the Red Raiders did against the Hilltoppers, a team they beat, 64-58, on Dec. 18 at East the first time around.

Good start

Last week, the Red Raiders got off to a good start at home, defeating Brookfield Central (9-6, 6-3), 67-59, as they kept the Lancers at arms length but couldn't blow them out.

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Wauwatosa West girls basketball team loses road games to Shorewood, South Milwaukee

Feb. 03, 2016 10:15 a.m. | The Wauwatosa girls basketball team dropped a 60-34 decision at Shorewood on Jan. 24 to open the week and then traveled to South Milwaukee on Jan. 29 and lost a 49-37 decision.

The losses gave West a three-game losing streak as they have lost 11 of 12 games. They are 3-14 overall and 3-8 in the Woodland Conference West.


West only trailed Shorewood by 8 points at halftime, 24-16, but then the Greyhounds took off in the second half, doubling the Trojans' score (36-18) and rolling to the win.

"Shorewood's zone, despite not a surprise, challenged us all night," West coach Ashley Imperiale said. "I wanted our girls to penetrate more to draw in two defenders and then create gaps, but we settled too often for jump shots. We were also too shy in cutting to the high post to stretch the defenses.

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Wauwatosa Hurricanes finish second at Bob White Swimming Invitational

Feb. 03, 2016 10:01 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Hurricanes finished second, had three winners and set two records at the annual Bob White Invitational on Jan. 30 at Tosa West.

The Brookfield Barracudas scored 484 points, and Tosa was next with 369. The New Berlin Marlins were third with 331.

"I was super proud of the team's accomplishments," coach Heidi Hegwood said. "Wauwatosa put up a good fight against the reigning champion Brookfield. Brookfield is a tough team to beat, but just to be in the running with them is an honor."

Junior Danny Larson won two individual events and was on the winning 200 medley relay.

With Larson on the first-place 200 medley relay (1:46.94) was senior Joey Rampolla, sophomore Nick Thuli and junior anchor Cal Hartt.

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Wauwatosa Tosa girls basketball team drops tough decisions to Lancers, Chargers

Feb. 03, 2016 9:31 a.m. | It was a tough week for the Wauwatosa East girls basketball team, who lost to third-place Brookfield Central, 71-51, on Jan. 26 and saw their seven-game winning streak snapped. Then they traveled to second-place Sussex Hamilton on Jan. 29 and dropped a 61-39 decision.

The Red Raiders (11-6, 4-6) will host Menomonee Falls (5-12, 1-9) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5.

In the loss to the Lancers on Tuesday, East hung in with Central, 22-16, at intermission. But the second half was all Central, as the Lancers outscored the Red Raiders, 49-35.

Brookfield's 49 second-half points almost outscored Tosa East (51) for the entire game as the Red Raiders couldn't come up with an answer.

Freshman Brooklyn Blackburn scored 11 points, the only East player in double figures. Senior Maya Walls had 9 points, and no one else had more than 4 points. Leading scorer senior Bailey Berlin and senior Tori Logan had 4 points each; sophomore Elizabeth Bueckers had 3 points; and junior Johanna Taylor and senior Chyna Sincere had 2 points each.

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Pewaukee whips Wauwatosa wrestlers to take first in conference

Feb. 03, 2016 9:13 a.m. | Playing their final home dual meet, the Wauwatosa East/West co-op wrestling team could have had a better ending for Senior Night on Jan. 27.

With a chance to win the Woodland Conference on the line against Pewaukee, Tosa dropped a 51-19 decision.

"It was a tough night," coach Kent Morin said. "We lost the coin flip that determines what team has to send their wrestler at a weight class. This cost us two matches that we would have won otherwise. But the bottom line is we had too many guys get pinned to win a big meet like this one."

Winning by pins were Justin Folley at 132 (0:32) and Zach Miller at 145 (1:03).

Winning a major decision was Jordan Boettcher at 152 (20-8), and winning by a decision was Darnell Granberry at 170 (9-3).

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Positive and uplifting stories in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country in January

Feb. 01, 2016 10:52 a.m. | Sometimes you're just looking for a little positivity.

And we hope to deliver that to you with a roundup of positive and uplifting stories from suburban Milwaukee and the Lake Country area. The following stories were published in the past month, and they feature stories that could warm your heart.


Nashotah teen spent 18 months in Los Angeles pursuing her dreams as an actress and singer

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Eastbound Blue Mound Road reopens in Wauwatosa

Jan. 29, 2016 8:55 a.m. | Eastbound Blue Mound Road has reopened in Wauwatosa after a crash closed all eastbound lanes at 110th St. for about an hour. Wauwatosa police responded.

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

Jan. 28, 2016 3:17 p.m. | Are you in the know? Here are the top five stories from Wauwatosa this week:

  1. Wauwatosa denies funding for park; baseball league now rethinking options
  2. Outgoing Wauwatosa health officer reflects on career of keeping community healthy
  3. Wauwatosa West High School's We the People team heads to national competition
  4. Tosa considers bus rapid transit system along East-West corridor
  5. Gov. Scott Walker's Wauwatosa home is up for sale


Have a story idea? Questions? Comments? Email Wauwatosa Now reporter Rachel Minske at rachel.minske@jmg.com. 


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