From spring cleanups to serving at the food pantry to a long stint of service on the Common Council, it is not difficult to look around Wauwatosa and see the impact Dick Bachman had on the community.
Bachman, who was known by the nickname "Mr. Wauwatosa," died Saturday at age 83.
For more than 40 years, Bachman took part in a long list of projects that remain in place to this day. He also made pivotal decisions as an alderman on the Common Council. He served for 24 years — from 1968 to 1984 and again from 1990 to 1998.
"I learned to spell my name by putting up campaign signs with him," said his son, also named Richard. "He was my mentor, my role model and my best friend."
Many longtime Tosans have similar sentiments to those shared by Bachman's son.» Read Full Article
The Red Raiders and Menomonee Falls Indians played to a scoreless 0-0 draw April 27 in a Greater Metro Conference match to open a 1-2-1 week.
"It really was a match where I felt the ball was in our possession and on each other's feet for 75 percent of the time," coach Eric Dale said. "I loved how our outside backs were getting into the attacking third of the field and putting tons of pressure on their defense. Sadly, we weren't able to convert on a number of good chances."
The Raiders were able to put 18 shots on goal in the match to Menomonee Falls' two shots on goal.
"Our back four played outstanding," Dale said. "Clara Kuranz, Kyra Meach, Lauren Minette and Annie Oleniczakwere impenetrable. They kept great shape and were pushing us forward into the middle third all match long. Lily Brockwas terrific in goal as well, turning away a great chance for them late in the game. Our defense has only surrendered one goal in our last four matches. Now, we just have to find a way to get the ball into the net ourselves."» Read Full Article
After scoring 48 runs in wins over Brown Deer and Brookfield East to begin the week, the Wauwatosa East softball team only managed three runs and dropped an 8-3 decision to Sussex Hamilton on April 29.
Tosa East used 17 hits and 19 walks to whip Brown Deer, 35-8, after two rain delays and some sloppy play on Aug. 25 to start the week.
In the 35-8 win over Brown Deer on April 25 at home, East used a 19-run second inning to expand a 5-3 lead and roll to the victory. Walks have played a big roll in the Red Raiders' last two games.
"We maintained our great approach and coaxed them into 19 walks, after 17 versus Tosa West, and rapped out 17 hits," coach Ed Raue said.
Allie Kuhn pitched for the first time this year and picked up the win, going three innings, with Natalie Yahn pitching the last two innings for the first time in her career.» Read Full Article
The Wauwatosa East boys track and field team finished fourth at the Dan Benson Invitational on April 29 at Tosa West.
Sun Prairie won the event with 322 points, followed by Homestead (308), Milwaukee Lutheran (198) and the Red Raiders (158).
They only won one event, and that was the 4x800-meter relay, which demolished the meet record by 12 seconds in 8 minutes, 5:51 seconds (Marquez Green, Sam Stelloh, Nathan Green, Sam Potter).
All four members of the relay ran personal-best times to achieve the time, which ranks second in the state.
East had three second-place finishes: Dan Scallon in the 200 (22.87 seconds), Tayison Crape in the 110 hurdles (PR, 16.04) and Sam Stelloh in the 300 hurdles (41.61).» Read Full Article
The Wauwatosa East/West co-op golf team won the Greendale Panther Invitational on April 29 at Morningstar.
Tosa shot a 305 to win the 23-team tournament, and Adam Garske was the medalist with a 70 (36-34). Will Jushka shot a personal-best 74 (36-38) to finish third. Noah Monty had a 79 (40-39), Owen Knezel had an 82 (39-43) and Noah Katula finished with an 85 (42-43).
"The kids played great golf," coach John Ravenola said. "This was a team win in every sense. It took all five players scores to actually win the event."
Tosa finished 18th out of 26 teams at the Brookfield Central Skins Invitational on April 27 at Wanaki Golf Course in Menomonee Falls to start the week.
Tosa shot a 359, led by Adam Garske, who tied for 24th (82, 43-39).» Read Full Article
West began the week by getting whipped by Greenfield, 15-1, on April 26, and New Berlin Eisenhower, 15-3, on April 27, with both games at home.
Adie Davies struggled in four innings in the loss to Greenfield. In the loss to Eisenhower, Melissa Biefeld singled, doubled and had an RBI, as West managed six hits and starter Kaitlyn Nimmer lost but pitched five innings.
But in the final three games of the week, all nonconference tilts, West managed a 1-2 record as the Trojans' bats came to life.
The Blackshirts rallied to win a 14-10 decision at Tosa West on April 29, overcoming an 8-3 deficit after three innings. South scored five runs in the fourth and two runs in each of the final three innings.» Read Full Article
The Wauwatosa East girls track and field team finished fourth in the nine-team Dan Benson Invitational on April 29 at Tosa West.
Sun Prairie scored 341 to win the event, followed by Homestead (274), Wauwatosa West (235.25) and Wauwatosa East (146).
Toni Bonds had a big day for the Red Raiders, scoring in three events. She was second in the 200-meter dash (personal best, 27.69 seconds), third in the 400 (PR, 1 minute, 1.83 seconds) and eighth in the long jump (14 feet, 4 inches).
Abby Wood was second in the 200 (PR, 27.96), and Alice Farr tied for third in the pole vault (tied PR, 8-0).
The 4x200 relay in 1:55.91 (Olivia Metz, Addison Devine, Katie Gastrau, Melina Paul) and the 4x800 relay in 10:35.36 (Malia Bavuso, Amara Green, Janet Fee, Elsa Klein) both finished third.» Read Full Article
Wauwatosa West had a "great meet" at the Dan Benson Invitational on April 29 at Tosa West, finishing third in the nine-team meet.
Sun Prairie won the event with 341 points, followed by Homestead (274) and the Trojans (235.25).
"We had a great meet at the Benson," West coach Jack LoPresti said, especially praising Cheri'A Adams. "She won a bunch of stuff: long jump, triple jump and the anchor of the 4x100."
West had six first-place finishes, including two relays.
Adams won the long jump in 16-feet, 41/2 inches and the triple jump (37-51/2). She also anchored the winning 4x100-meter relay won in 49.12 (Azya McLin, Mercy Ndon, Breanna Weigman, Adams).» Read Full Article
The Wauwatosa West boys finished fifth at the Dan Benson Invitational on April 29 at West.
The Trojans (152 points) finished behind Sun Prairie (322), Homestead (308), Milwaukee Lutheran (198) and Wauwatosa East (158).
The Trojans' two first-place finishes came in the field events.
"We had some exciting things happen," coach Scott Jordan said. "Overall a good meet; many athletes competed against good competition."
Jovani Jefferson won the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet.» Read Full Article
JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer also stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand. Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. 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 prep athletics.
Former Wauwatosa star Travis Hudson became the first player in National Collegiate Volleyball Federation history to be named the National Player of the Year three times when awards were announced after the Division I championship match on April 11 in Louisville.
Hudson, a 6-6 setter, led the Titans to its third straight NCVF Division I title. Previously this year he was named the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Player of the Year and a Midwest Ten Conference First-Team selection.
"Travis is the best player to have ever played collegiate club volleyball," said Schaefer. "He led a bunch of unknowns to the national title in 2014, directed us to another title in 2015 and then helped a team overcome a ton of injuries, including one he was directly dealing with to another national title this year.
"It is an honor to coach somebody with so much passion for the UW-Oshkosh volleyball program, his teammates and the sport. He deserves every accolade he receives because of his dedication to be the best in all areas of his life."
National Champions» Read Full Article
A Wauwatosa student has been named a semifinalist for the 2016 Presidential Scholars award, considered the nation's highest honor for graduating high school seniors, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Wauwatosa East High School student Henry R. Lynch is one of 12 students from Wisconsin to be named a semifinalist. There are 689 semifinalists in total from across the nation.
"Congratulations to the state's Presidential Scholar Semifinalists," said State Superintendent Tony Evers. "These students have shown exceptional academic scholarship and talent in the career and technical education fields. In addition to recognizing your hard work, I extend thanks to your parents and teachers who supported this accomplishment."
The Presidential Scholars program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the country's most distinguished high school students, according to the release.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars will make the final selection of the nation's 121 academic Presidential Scholars — one male and one female from each state — and up to 15 students chosen at large. Selected students will travel to Washington D.C. in June to receive a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. Students will also travel around the city and meet with a number of authors, scientists, government officials and more.
Headliners for the annual Tosa Tonight concert series have been announced.
Each opening act starts at 6 p.m. and main acts begin at 7:30 p.m. Concerts are held at the Rotary Performance Pavilion at the southwest corner of 68th and State streets
The free concerts happen rain or shine but shows may be canceled due to severe weather.
All concerts are held on Wednesday nights except for Monday, July 4. Food and beverages are available through vendor booths during the concerts.
·6 to 9:30 p.m. June 15, Masters of the Accordion» Read Full Article
Wander about Wauwatosa's village through this 360-degree view at State Street and Harwood Avenue. Drag and zoom about with your computer mouse, or drag and expand your fingers across your touch device screen.
A new reticulated female giraffe has arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo, officials reported Friday.
The new female was born in the early evening April 26 to first-time mother, Marlee and dad, Bahatika. Veterinarians completed the calf's first exam April 27 and recorded a weight of about 130 pounds and a height of about 5 feet, 7 inches.
The new calf 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.
Zookeepers and medical staff have been monitoring both the mother and baby giraffe, according to a news release from the zoo. Marlee appears calm and attentive to her offspring, which is nursing regularly.
Marlee is 4 years old and arrived at the zoo in 2013 from Zoo Miami. Bahatika is 11 years old and arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo in 2006 from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado. He is also the father of Tafari.» Read Full Article
Here's a list of the top five stories from Wauwatosa this week:
1. Principal's racial comment at Wauwatosa West student sparks protest at school
2. District leaders question use of Wauwatosa schools as voting locations
3. Cheryl Berdan steps in as Wauwatosa Common Council president
4. Wauwatosa East senior marches forward after tragic car crash» Read Full Article