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Wauwatosa West snaps playoff drought

Sept. 28, 2012 11:27 p.m. | No one from Wauwatosa West seemed to remember the last time the Trojans beat New Berlin Eisenhower. If Friday night’s 42-0 win was indeed the first time it’s happened, the Trojans made it a memorable affair.

Tosa West led 14-0 after one quarter, 28-0 at intermission and 42-0 after three quarters. The running clock (35-point lead) went into effect with 5:09 left to play in the third quarter.

Junior running back/cornerback Jameson Brock scored three touchdowns, one coming on a 27-yard interception return. He rushed 13 times for 91 yards and made three interceptions on defense.

With everyone talking about the Trojans big-play offense this year, the defense occasionally gets overlooked. On Friday night, the defense held the Lions to four passing yards and 39 yards rushing.

"Our defense has been great," Trojans coach Matt Good said. "We started working on it this year in practice. They continue to impress us and our defense is the reason we are where we are right now."

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Sleeping motorist arrested on Mayfair Road for parole violation, drug offenses

Sept. 26, 2012 10:55 a.m. | A 37-year-old Jackson man was arrested for violating parole and drug-related charges after Wauwatosa police found him asleep behind the wheel on Mayfair Road last week.

According to the police report:

The man was passed out behind the wheel of a car with a marijuana pipe in his hand when police arrived at the intersection of Mayfair Road and Burleigh Street at 9:13 p.m. on Sept. 19.

The man tried hiding the pipe when he was asked to step outside the vehicle. There was also a bag of a leafy green substance labeled "Bizarre: not for human consumption" on his center console.

When police asked him what he was doing, he said he was going to work.

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TV thief sets off fire alarm

Sept. 25, 2012 4:52 p.m. | Fire alarms were blaring in a Wauwatosa Kmart last week, but there was no fire. The false alarm was caused by a man running away with a 26-inch flat-screen television.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man walked into Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Road, at 3:48 p.m. Sept. 19, grabbed a cart and went directly to the electronics section. He put a flat-screen TV into the cart and wheeled it out the back door, tripping the alarm. He was in the store for less than two minutes.

Employees noticed the alarm and gave chase but it was too late. The man and the TV were gone.

Review of the surveillance video revealed that the man must have parked behind neighboring Sears. He ran in that direction and is thought to have driven off.

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Man unwittingly drives getaway car after theft

Sept. 25, 2012 4:46 p.m. | A man was stopped by an employee when he tried to walk out of Lowes, 1200 W. Burleigh St., with $188 worth of copper wire. The man told the employee to "back off before I pull this," the Wauwatosa police report states.

What "this" referred to was never discovered because the employee immediately backed off.

Also in the report:

Two men put the copper wire in a backpack at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 before leaving the store separately. One of them was stopped at the door. After his encounter with the employee, he ran to a getaway car and both men drove off.

Police were able to get the license plate number of the car, which belonged to a Milwaukee woman. They called the woman, who said she had no knowledge of the incident but that her husband was using the car at the time.

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Police say woman tried to flee to prevent fifth drunken driving arrest

Sept. 25, 2012 4:30 p.m. | A woman allegedly tried to escape her fifth drunken driving offense by driving drunkenly away from police.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 51-year-old Wauwatosa woman had purchased a bottle of wine at Pick 'n Save, 1717 N. Mayfair Road, dropped her bag, purchased lottery tickets and dropped her bag again about 8 p.m. Sept. 19. She fell in the parking lot before getting in her car. That's when Pick 'n Save employees called the cops.

Police pulled the woman over a few blocks away from Pick 'n Save.

The officer, noticing her slurred speech and the smell of liquor, asked her for her driver's license. She said she had forgotten it in her apartment. The officer asked her if it was in her purse, which was sitting on the passenger seat. That's when she put the car in gear and sped into a parking lot.

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Man misrepresents himself to steal tires

Sept. 19, 2012 10:28 a.m. | A 24-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for fraud after he accepted payment for work he hadn't completed and hadn't been authorized to do, according to Wauwatosa police.

The Wauwatosa police report goes on to say that:

Curry Park Automotive paid the man, who they believed was working for Wes's Tire Service, $107 to remove 39 tires from the property.

However, some of the tires that were to have been removed were later found in the bushes along the alleyway, and tires in one garage weren't moved at all.

The owner of Curry Park Automotive called Wes's Tire Service, and learned that the man had been fired from Wes's about a month earlier.

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Mortgage company ex-employee accused of embezzling $80,000

Sept. 19, 2012 10:04 a.m. | The owner of Mayfair Title Corp. got a surprise when he checked up on a financial discrepancy: An employee had allegedly embezzled over $80,000 from the company.

According to the police report:

The owner was reviewing the company's finances when he found a discrepancy, which he reported to the financial director, a 42-year-old Greenfield woman.

The owner became suspicious after the financial director couldn't explain the discrepancy. Looking deeper into the company's finances, the owner found more discrepancies. Checks were being made out to a mortgage company and to a woman he didn't know.

The woman turned out to be the financial director's sister. The owner believes the mortgage company holds the financial director's mortgage.

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Zoo Interchange construction public meetings this week

Sept. 17, 2012 4:16 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is hosting public information meetings this week to discuss construction planning efforts related to the Zoo Interchange.

The open house style meetings will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tommy Thompson Youth Center at State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St. The site is accessible on bus route 67.

The same information will be presented both nights. Project team members will be available to answer questions and explain details of the project.

Oak Creek man wins third week of NOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 17, 2012 10:31 a.m. | Congratulations to Anthony Nuck of Oak Creek who is the Week 3 winner in MyCommunityNOW’s Pigskin Picks contest.

Nuck correctly selected the winner in four out of five high school football games and was the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. Brookfield Central contest.

He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Movie passes will be given away to one winner each week and three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

You can join the more than 700 people who have already signed up for the fun by registering at www.mycommunitynow.com/pigskin. You can register using your Facebook account and the game is fully playable through a smart phone.

NOW sportswriters John Rech and Tom “Sky” Skibosh lead the VIP competition. Reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek is a game back.

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Brookfield East overwhelms Tosa East

Sept. 14, 2012 11:05 p.m. | After winning its first conference game since 2008 last weekend, the Wauwatosa East football team couldn’t keep up with Greater Metro Conference co-leader Brookfield East on Friday night at Hart Park. The Spartans improved to 4-0 and 3-0 in the GMC with a 42-7 win.

The one-sided outcome line didn’t look so certain until the fourth quarter, however.

The Raiders held the Spartans to a 14-0 lead at halftime, then made a game of it early in the second half with a touchdown that made it 21-7.

The Spartans scored two touchdowns in the first quarter on a 51-yard pass from Zach Damico to Brian Smith and a short touchdown run from Damico on the Spartans’ next possession. After their first two possessions, the Spartans offense stalled. Damico was sacked on East's third possession and fumbled the ball away on its fourth, and the Raiders defense kept the deficit at just 14 points going into halftime.

“I told the kids at halftime that we were only down 14-0,” said Red Raiders head coach Mike Richards, “and I just thought that offensively we played a really lousy first half. Defensively they had one blown coverage. Our defense played very, very well in the first half. To be down 14-0 to a team like Brookfield East was a step in the right direction.”

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Think you know high school football? Test your skills in NOW's Pigskin Picks

Sept. 14, 2012 12:48 p.m. | The experts and special celebrity pickers have weighed in on some of tonight's top high school football games, and you can too by joining MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest.

Visit www.mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to register for the contest and take your best shot at winning the weekly prize of a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

This week's featured games are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg, Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.

Time-Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin moved into a tie for the top spot among VIP pickers with his performance last week. He is a game ahead of Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, who fell back a bit last week after debuting at 5-0.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Man covered in feces charged with drunken driving

Sept. 12, 2012 10:36 a.m. | A drunken driving arrest can get a bit messy, but not usually in this way.

A 54-year-old Milwaukee man who was arrested for drunken driving Sept. 4 after police tracked him down at home was, for some undisclosed reason, covered in feces. The smell coming from his home was so bad a police officer hesitated before entering.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man had bought liquor from Walgreens, 2656 Wauwatosa Avenue, at about 8 a.m. The employee who sold him the liquor noticed that the man appeared intoxicated. When the employee tried to get him to stop his truck, the man said "I'm OK," then drove off with difficulty.

The employee called the police, who located the truck parked diagonally outside the man's residence.

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Bicycle thief apologizes, blames job loss for theft

Sept. 12, 2012 8:39 a.m. | A 16-year-old boy was robbed of his bike and $10 in cash by a man wearing a McDonald's uniform who claimed he had just lost his job.

According to police reports:

The boy was walking his bike down the 1400 block of North 68th Street in Wauwatosa at 4:45 p.m. Sept. 5 when the man tapped him on the shoulder and asked him for change. The man took a $10 bill from the boy's wallet when he opened it.

The man then then told the boy he was taking his bike, too. They wrestled for the bike until the man threatened that he was going to "pull something" on him, prompting the boy to end the struggle.

The suspect started biking away, but then turned around and apologized to the boy, telling him that he had just lost his job.

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Woman's 'niece' asks for $1,700 from Peru

Sept. 11, 2012 11:24 p.m. | A common scam, in which a caller claiming to be a relative jailed in another country, found its way into a Wauwatosa woman's home, thankfully without success, last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The woman got a call Sept. 6 from someone posing as her niece, phoning to say that she was in jail in Peru and needed bail money. A subsequent call, allegedly from the girl's attorney, asked for $1,746 in bail money.

The woman called a family member, who is an attorney and confirmed that her niece was not in Peru. Her family member told her not to send any money.

The phone number that was used by the callers was blocked, so police were unable to track the source.

Thief steals cash drawer in 27 seconds

Sept. 11, 2012 10:56 p.m. | A change drawer with $600 in it was taken from Baskin-Robbins, 1417 Wauwatosa Ave. at 10:57 a.m. Sept. 7.

According to a police report:

The manager was opening the store alone and closed the change safe but did not lock it using the key.

After unlocking the back door's deadbolt, she went to the bathroom. That's when a man entered the back door, went directly to the change drawer and took it without taking anything else. He was in and out in 27 seconds.

The manager didn't notice the money was gone until the store owner asked her for change later in the day.

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Boys arrested for stealing cellphones

Sept. 11, 2012 9:54 p.m. | Two Milwaukee boys, ages 13 and 15, were arrested after they allegedly took three cell phones from a woman's car in an underground garage in the 9600 block of W. Hampton Avenue at 4:59 p.m. Sept. 6.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The boys had followed the victim when she parked in the parking garage. She left her windows open and her car unlocked, thinking that her car was safe in the garage. When she returned to her car soon after, she discovered that her car rummaged through and three cellphones missing.

Because the theft occurred in such a short time frame, she suspected the two boys, who she had seen outside of her apartment about the same time. She provided police with a description of both youths.

After locating the boys, police searched them, finding the three cellphones in their possession. At first, the boys initially told the police they owned the cellphones, but later admitted to stealing them.

Video: Sikh Temple incident dash-cam video released

Sept. 10, 2012 4:14 p.m. | Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, officer Savan Lenda, Mayor Stephen Scaffidi and U.S. Attorney James Santell today released dash-cam video from the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shootings that took place Aug. 5.

The video, taken from Lt. Brian Murphy's and Lenda's vehicles, shows Murphy's arrival, his immediate care of the victims - whose images are blurred - and his contact with gunman Wade Michael Page.

It shows that Murphy was able to fire a round at Page before he was taken down. The video then cuts to Lenda's vehicle as it enters the temple parking lot, stops and backs up.

"I've got a man in the parking lot with a gun," Lenda says in the video. Lenda's windshield is then hit by a bullet. Lenda returns six shots, and Page falls to the ground. One extra shot, believed by the FBI to be the fatal self-inflicted shot, is heard.

Santell confirmed that the FBI's investigation showed Lenda's headrest was hit by the bullet that struck his vehicle.

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Man escapes hospital after arrest for suspected overdose

Sept. 10, 2012 11:16 a.m. | A customer found an unconscious man when he tried to open the bathroom door at the Midtown Shell on 641 N. Hawley Road.

According the Wauwatosa police report:

The suspect, a 42-year-old New Berlin man, was conscious but unable to answer questions when the police arrived. The police found a backpack on the scene containing nine hypodermic needles, alcohol prep pads, syringes filled with an agent that counteracts overdoses and three grams of heroin. Police found three grams of marijuana and a pipe on the man after searching him.

Due to the suspect's intoxicated nature, police sent him to Froedtert Hospital. The suspect left the hospital before he was medically released and is still wanted for drug possession.

Intoxicated man arrested, escapes hospital

Sept. 10, 2012 9:04 a.m. | Police are looking for a man who escaped from a hospital after they caught him while he was inebriated, waving his shirt around near a busy intersection.

According to the police report:

When police arrived, the man had his shirt off and was waving it at traffic and yelling at 5:39 p.m. Aug. 29 at the corner of North Avenue and Mayfair Road. When the man noticed the police, he began running away. Police followed him, and as they did, he ditched a red container in the bushes. Police were able to catch him and the container, which contained eight oxycodone hydrochloride pills.

Police noticed the man was extremely inebriated, lapsing in and out of consciousness. When the man would lapse into consciousness, he swore at the police officers. The man said that the police could have given him a warning.

The man was brought to Froedtert Hospital due to his intoxicated state. The man escaped Froedtert before being medically cleared to leave. Police are looking for the man, who is a 23-year-old Wauwatosa native.

Pigskin Picks Week 2 winner revealed

Sept. 08, 2012 2:35 p.m. | Congratulations to Brian Karas of New Berlin, who is this week's winner in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks Football Contest.

Karas picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. West Alls Hale game. He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and has a shot at being one of the three winners at the end of the regular season. Each of those winners will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Next week's featured contests, which are now open for picking, are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg; Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Big plays boost unbeaten Trojans

Sept. 07, 2012 11:32 p.m. |

Make that three wins for the Wauwatosa West Trojans. New Berlin West hosted Tosa West on Friday, and the Trojans walked away with a convincing 46-13 win to improve to 3-0 while the Vikings dropped to 1-2.

Big plays were the name of the game for the Trojans. A 20-yard touchdown run from Mickey Morgan opened the scoring halfway through the first quarter. The Vikings’ ensuing possession produced little progress and they were forced to punt the ball after failing to achieve a first down. The Trojans then took just two plays to score their second touchdown. After being tackled for a loss on their first play of the drive, Jameson Brock caught a pass from Jared Morzinski and ran up the right side of the field for a 73-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

As if a two-play scoring drive wasn’t impressive enough, Jameson was at it again on the Trojans’ next possession, when he weaved around the Vikings defense and ran 58 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the drive.

“I’ve got to put it out there for my team,” said Brock. “My quarterback, my blockers, my line, I love them. I wouldn’t trade this team for the world. Every play, somebody is blocking down field for me, I just love that. I just work hard.”

“They’re a big play team, and we talked about that all week,” said Vikings head coach Al Moroder. “They were able to make a couple big plays in the first half, and they’re a good football team. That’s something that will be corrected, just stopping big plays.”

The Vikings did not get on the scoreboard until the very end of the first half. After yet another failed offensive drive, Nathan Henrichs booted the ball to Develyn Ferguson, who couldn’t hang on, and New Berlin West's Bailey Rountree was there to pick up the fumble and run it in for a touchdown, though the two-point conversion attempt failed.

The Vikings found their passing stride in the second half, completing six passes in the second half after a first half with no passing yards at all

“We saw that they were bringing guys in the box to stop the veer and so we utilized that to pass a little bit more,” said Moroder.

There was a sense that the momentum might be shifting when the Vikings scored on their first possession of the second half on a run from Dylan Wiese to close the gap to 27-13, but the Trojans had an answer yet again. Brock returned the kickoff to the Trojans 45-yard line before making a 55-yard touchdown run on the second play of the drive.

“We got the ball on the edge," said Tosa West coach Matt Good. "We had a lot of guys come around and we were able to get the edge and we took advantage of it. We were able to get the ball to our guys and they got on the edge.”

Tosa West rounded off the night with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Develyn Ferguson, and a run from Greg Lewis.

Good doesn’t see the win as any sort of statement. “Our guys are taking it week by week and day by day. New Berlin West is a good football team and a good football program. It’s great to come here and get a win. I’m pretty proud of our guys, but there’s a lot to improve so we’ll go home, watch tape, and get ready for next week.”

The Vikings also have work to do as they head into their next game against cross-town rival New Berlin Eisenhower.

Think you know high school football? Test your skills at Pigskin Picks

Sept. 07, 2012 11:38 a.m. | We're a little more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's high school football games and there is still time to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks Football Contest.

Register now for the chance to each week win a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss. St. Francis, joined the fray this season as a celebrity guest picker and rolled to a 5-0 record in the first round. She was joined in the ranks of the undefeated by NOW sportswriter John Rech and contestant Jeff Slusar, who won movie tickets by predicting the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.

This week's featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Eisenhower's Terrian wins Teacher of the Year

Sept. 05, 2012 4:11 p.m. | Eisenhower Elementary School teacher Nancy Terrian was named Wisconsin's Elementary Teacher of the Year today in Wauwatosa.

She was surprised with a ceremony honoring her today in the school gym. State Superintendent Tony Evers was there to present her with the award in front of the student body, school staff and her family.

"While there are many outstanding educators and teachers in Wisconsin, right here in Wauwatosa is one of the most outstanding teachers this year," Evers said. "All these people have come here today to tell that teacher something very important. We're here to say 'thank you.' "

When Terrian won the award, she beckoned her family to join her as she made an acceptance speech.

"Thank you so very much. There are some people here that could get this honor. I work with so many amazing people," she said. "Most importantly, Eisenhower youth are the greatest people, and this is the greatest place to work by far."

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Visit Push for the Playoffs to follow your favorite high school team's postseason prospects

Sept. 05, 2012 3:30 p.m. | Want to know which high school football teams are headed toward a WIAA postseason bid and who might be among the also-rans?

Visit Push for the Playoffs each week at www.mycommunitynow.com/push as Lake Country Publications/NOW Newspapers sports director JR Radcliffe sizes up the playoff chances of all area teams. You will also find standings, area statistical leaders, a player of the week and more.

Go to Push for the Playoffs

Meijer now sets its sights on Tosa

Sept. 05, 2012 2:28 p.m. | Meijer, the big-box grocery and department store retailer, is seeking approval from the city to build a store at 11123 W. Burleigh Road, on the site of the old Stroh Die Casting plant.

The site is on the south side of Burleigh, between 112th Street and the railroad tracks to the east.

Alderman Brian Ewerdt, who represents the area, said the store would be 157,000 square feet, with 65 percent dedicated to selling groceries and 35 percent to selling other retail items.

Meijer hopes to open the store early next year.

The chain is making its first foray into Wisconsin, having recently proposed to other sites in the Milwaukee area. Grafton this week approved a store, while Franklin advanced a plan but has not given final approval for the development.

Store personnel was too alert for coffee caper

Sept. 05, 2012 9:21 a.m. | A coffee caper ended before it began when a 31-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested after trying to get a refund on coffee he hadn't purchased.

Using an old receipt, the man received $41.25 for five boxes of Keurig coffee at Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St.

But the transaction hadn't gone unnoticed. When the store's loss prevention personnel approached him to question him, he tried to run off - unsuccessfully, because he was stopped before he could make it out the door.

He claimed that his friend had purchased the coffee, but had left it in the store and instead wanted his money back instead of the coffee. The man had no explanation as to why he ran when he was approached by store personnel.

Underwear bandits caught taking 42 items

Sept. 05, 2012 8:44 a.m. | A 16-year-old Milwaukee girl and a 20-year-old Milwaukee woman were arrested in a theft attempt that reportedly involved 42 pairs of underwear, clothes and accessories at the Wauwatosa Target on Aug. 29.

According to the police report:

The suspects, including one who had brought along her infant child, entered the store with two large bags and wandered around, stuffing items in them. The items - which included at least five pairs of bras, multiple pairs of panties, several bracelets and some clothing items - were valued at a total of $710.

One of the women put items into her bag in front of the loss prevention officer, who was later assisted by Wauwatosa police in detaining the suspects, who were arrested without incident.

Pigskin Picks Week 1 winner revealed; Miss St. Francis, NOW scribe lead VIP pickers

Sept. 01, 2012 7:10 p.m. | Congratulations are in order for Jeff Slusar, who correctly picked the winners of all five games in this week's MyCommunityNOW Pigskin Picks contest and predicted the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.

Slusar wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and is among the leaders as we head into the second week of the contest. Three winners at the end of the season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, proved her football prowess by picking all five games correctly. She is joined atop the VIP rankings by NOW sportswriter John Rech, who also enjoyed an undefeated week.

This week's games are now available for picking. Featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.

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