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WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship photo gallery updated with title matches

Feb. 24, 2013 8:51 a.m. | The WIAA individual state wrestling tournament crowned its champions yesterday in Madison and MyCommunityNOW has updated photojournalist Peter Zuzga's state wrestling tournament photo gallery with images from the championship rounds.

Photo gallery: WIAA state wrestling photo gallery

Story: Arrowhead's Andrew Crone wins another individual title

Tosa East can't keep up with top-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran in regional final

Feb. 23, 2013 11:15 p.m. | Wauwatosa East came to play.

One day after winning a thriller over Pius XI, the Red Raiders, seeded fourth, came out clicking and led top-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran, 17-13, after the first quarter.

But soon, the Vikings showed their muscle and the Red Raiders had no answer as Wisconsin Lutheran rolled to a 57-43 win.

The Vikings took a 31-28 lead into half and outscored the Red Raiders in the second, 26-15, to advance to the sectional round.

While they couldn’t complete the upset, Red Raiders coach Tim Arndorfer had no complaints about his team’s first-half performance.

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Mihelich's buzzer-beater nips Popes

Feb. 22, 2013 9:19 p.m. | Ben Mihelich tossed in a short jumper at the buzzer as Wauwatosa East beat Pius XI in a 49-47 thriller in a WIAA regional game Friday night before a packed house at East.

Popes junior guard Donovan Jackson tied the game at 47-47 with his second straight 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left. After a timeout, East senior Ben Carpenter inbounded the ball, passed the ball to another senior Kyle Vnuk at mid-court, who in turn passed the ball back to Carpenter racing down the left side of the court.

With time running out Carpenter, who looked like he was going to try a 3-pointer, instead threw a bullet pass to Mihelich, who tossed up a short jumper, which rolled around the rim and fell through for the game winner.

Carpenter actually thought Vnuk was fouled, but when no call was made, he called for the ball and made his big play.

"I was so excited," he said. "It was cool. It was cool. The energy was something else. We haven't had that many people (watching) in like, forever. It was fun."

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Wauwatosa police say Starbucks tip jar bandit gets away, again

Feb. 20, 2013 10:47 a.m. | Baristas at Starbucks, 3900 N. 124th St., had a nasty surprise for the third time at 12:44 p.m. Feb. 13. A man had stolen their tip jar.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An anonymous customer told the manager that a man had just taken the tip jar and was running out the door.

While there was only $20 in the tip jar, the manager wasn't about to let the man get away without a chase. He bolted down the road, pursuing him for a quarter-mile.

The chase ended at the 12100 block of West Capitol Drive, where the thief jumped into a waiting getaway car and flew down the road.

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Early disadvantage hurts Trojans

Feb. 19, 2013 11:36 p.m. | Two key elements to making a run in the WIAA boys basketball tournament are winning big games and putting together a streak of them. Despite just a 6-16 regular season, Wauwatosa West had proven they could do those things.

Earlier in the season, the Trojans strung together four straight wins, and just one week ago toppled conference power Pewaukee on the road, showing that they weren't going to be an easy out for any opponent.

The Trojans proved to be that tough out on Tuesday night, battling all the way to the end of a 74-66 loss to Milwaukee Morse-Marshall/Juneau in the Division 2 playoff opener. As he has done all season long, sophomore guard Andre Carroll led Tosa West with 21 points, but it was Morse-Marshall/Juneau junior Kevontrell Ellis who set the tone.

Ellis scored early and often as part of a 10-0 run to start the game. If not for a free throw made prior to the start of the game, awarded for a pre-game technical foul, Tosa West would have been shut out for first several minutes. Ellis would finish the first quarter with 10 points, with Carroll scoring 9 of his own to keep his Trojans in the game, down 20-13 after the first quarter. That initial run proved to be the difference in the game, forcing the Trojans out of rhythm on offense for the rest of night.

"I just wish we would have followed the game plan a little more and in the first half been a little bit more patient offensively," Tosa West coach Chad Stelse said. "I didn't want to take the aggressiveness away from our guys, but at the same time, that's how we were successful offensively last week."

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