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Middleton wins WIAA Div. 1 golf sectional

Middleton's Charlie Stankiewicz parred the first playoff hole to win the individual sectional title to lead the Cardinals to the team championship at the WIAA Division One boys golf sectional at Baraboo Country Club Tuesday.

Stankiewicz, who plays out of the number five spot in the lineup for Middleton, shot 74 along with Holmen's Tyler Church.

Middleton also had scoring from Brady Thomas (76), Josh Haunty (76) and Joey Levin (79) for a 305 total - four shots ahead of Holmen which also qualified for next week's state tournament at University Ridge.

Other individual state qualifiers include Oregon's Carson Torhorst, Onalaska's Bennt Hutson and Tomah's Trey Hewuse.

At the Division Three sectional at Lawsonia Links in Green Lake, Lancaster won the team title with a score of 321. Scoring for the Flying Arrows were Nathan Farrey (second overall, 78), Andrew Gates (third, 80), Zach Hentrich (T4, 81), and Josh Hentrich (sixth, 82).

Middleton man helps in return of WWII soldier's remains

A Middleton filmmaker's efforts over the last two years helped solve some of the mystery surrounding what happened to a soldier killed in World War II and return the soldier's remains home.

Pfc. Lawrence Gordon, 28, from Canada, was a member of the U.S. Army's 32nd Armored Regiment when the armored car he was riding in exploded during fighting in Normandy, France, on Aug. 13, 1944.

Staff Sgt. David Henry of Viroqua was wounded during the Normandy campaign, but he made it home.

Henry's grandson Jed Henry was researching his grandfather's Army reconnaissance company for a documentary when he stumbled across Gordon's case, the Wisconsin State Journal reported in a story published Sunday. Gordon was the only member of the unit who was killed in action who never got a proper burial.

Sun Prairie beats Middleton 8-7

Thursday, Prep Mania's game of the Week visited Middleton, where the Cardinals traded blows with Sun Prairie for nearly two hours and firty-five minutes before Michael Marchese's infield single gave Sun Prairie an 8-7 win.�

The Cardinals vs. Cardinals tilt was truly a back-and-forth affair. In the fourth inning of a 3-3 tie, Sun Prairie's Michael Brekke hit a grounder to first base, but the throw to second base was off the mark and two scored for the visiting Cardinals to make it 5-3.�

In the bottom of the fourth, Middleton returned the favor. Kasey Miller hit a grounder to shortstop, which was mishandled and Middleton reclaimed the lead.�

The teams traded runs until they were tied 7-7 in the seventh inning. It was then that Sun Prairie's Michael Marchese hit a grounder to short and the throw to first base was late. A run scored for the Cardinals and they won 8-7.�

Honey bee population doing better, beekeepers still concerned

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported this week that the struggling honey bee population is doing better.

Nationwide, 23 percent of colonies were lost this winter compared to 30-percent last winter.

But local beekeepers tell News 3 the losses are still too high.

Jeanne Hansen is a longtime beekeeper and said she most recently lost all of her hives -- that's as many as half a million bees.

"We certainly wish it was a lot easier to keep bees," said Hansen, who has been beekeeping for six years from the backyard of her east side home.

Hansen said the declining bee population is a combination of many factors, including insecticides and varroa mites. The parasite attacks bee larvae.

Earlier this year, the USDA provided $3 million in technical and financial assistance to encourage farmers in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and the Dakotas to develop a program to breed bees that can naturally resist the mites.

Grant helps law enforcement focus on distracted driving

The Dane County Sheriff's office was given a boost from the state traffic officials to enforce distracted driving.

Officials said this grant comes just in time for the holiday weekend and the summer travel season.

The Department of Transportation has given the Dane County Sheriff's department a $10,000 grant to enforce distracted driving.

The agency's efforts start Thursday and the key focus will be along the Beltline Highway between Middleton and Cottage Grove.

Texting has become the main factor diverting a person's attention away from the primary task of driving.

At a press conference Wednesday, DOT officials used a simulator to show how easy it is to become distracted while texting.

In 2012 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in the United States due to distracted driving.

Middleton sweeps Big Eight track titles

Middleton won both the boys and girls team titles at the Big Eight Conference Championship at Mansfield Stadium in Madison Tuesday night.

Madison Memorial's Daurice Fountain was again one of the standout performers of the night winning the long jump (22-1), 300 hurdles (39.65) and the 110 hurdles (14.05).

Fountain's 110 hurdles time broke the conference record.

Madison West's Olin Hacker was a double winner.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES:

1. Middleton�� 181

2. Sun Prairie� 113

3. Beloit Memorial 86

4. Madison Memorial 76

5. Verona� 68

6. Janesville Parker 58

7. Madison LaFollette 50

8. Janesville Craig�� 47

9. Madison West�� 18

10. Madison East� 4

BOYS TEAM SCORES:

1. Middleton 169.33

2. Verona�� 110

3. Madison Memorial 84

4. Janesville Craig� 69

5. Madison West� 65

6. Sun Prairie�� 56.33

7. Janesville Parker 54.33

8. Beloit Memorial 44