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Homestead secures spot atop suburban football poll

Oct. 14, 2013 9:15 a.m. | The Homestead football team retains its No. 1 ranking in the NOW/Lake Country suburban football poll by holding off a rally by Germantown to clinch at least a share of its 13th consecutive North Shore Conference title.

You can see the rest of the teams ranked in the poll, get a capsule look at schools who have clinched playoff spots, learn what coaches really think, and much more at the Push for the Playoffs special section.

Go to NOW/LakeCountry Push for the Playoffs.

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

4:11 p.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Fat Tuesday: How Wauwatosa celebrated

Feb. 09, 2016 2:28 p.m. | Wauwatosa celebrated Fat Tuesday in full force this week.

With a number of popular bakeries in town, the pączkis and King Cakes were nearly flying off the shelves as local residents dug in before Ash Wednesday when Lent, a period of penance and spiritual renewal begins.

See how Wauwatosa bakeries, local elected officials and local schools celebrated:

 

 

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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."

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