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Sun Prairie beats Middleton in boys' baseball

Sun Prairie has swept their season series with Middleton following a 9-3 win over the Cardinals in Middleton Tuesday.

That means the top ranked team in the state has swept the season series over eighth ranked Middleton.

Sun Prairie did most of their damage in the 4th inning Tuesday. Aaron Schmidt drove one over the head of the left fielder for an RBI double.

That hit was part of a seven run barrage for Sun Prairie, and helped keep Sun Prairie on top of the Big Eight standings with just a few weeks to go until the WIAA playoffs.

Middleton wins Blackhawk Invitational

Middleton stayed on top of most of the other boys' high school golf teams in the area by winning the Blackhawk Invitational Monday.

Middleton's Eric Hagstrom didn't get in much trouble on his home course Monday, and even when he's in the bunker, he gets out of it and saves par.

Hagstrom has the best score of anyone today-- 72.. And it helped Middleton take the team title by 4 shots over Memorial.

Memorial's Brad O'Laughlin shot a 33 on the back nine enroute to a 75. His score is third best today. His teammate, Peter Webb, is second with 73.



As bicyclists return to roads, authorities hold bike safety event

With the warmer weather comes an increase of bicycle use on area roadways. Authorities are now warning the growing presence of bikes on streets mean they're expecting to see a surge in the number of car-bicycle crashes.

Last week, there were at least three Madison-area incidents that involved children on their bicycles being struck by cars.

To teach young people how to stay safe while biking, the Middleton Police Department held a bike safety event during the weekend.

"In case there was an accident, helmets will be the best way of protection," said Tom Wilson, of the Middleton Police Department. "And to teach them the rules of the road. Avoiding traffic, obstacles in the roadway, people, and just avoiding anything that could be a danger to them."

Police said children will usually follow their parents' example. Parents are reminded to always wear their helmets and be sure to follow the rules of the road closely.

La Follette beats Middleton in girls' softball

Nicole Newman has become a dominant pitcher for the Madison La Follette High School softball team. She showed how dominant in a game on Tuesday against Middleton.

Newman threw 14 strikeouts in a two hit shutout, as La Follette beat Middleton. 5-0.

She also helped her team with some offense, getting a triple in the game. Arianna Sweeney also helped the cause with a base hit in the bottom of the third.

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There was a play at the plate, but Spencer Cook made it in safely to give the Lancers a 4-0 lead at the time.

The win helps La Follette go to 11-3 on the year.

VIDEO: Topnotch Teacher: Tom Cabalka

 

Tom Cabalka has been a fixture in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District for 38 years, and he will retire at the end of this school year.

Rob Starbuck reports.

Craft Beer Week Is Under Way In Dane County

 

Madison Craft Beer Week is under way.

The 10-day countywide festival promotes Dane County's craft beer culture and beer appreciation.

Craft beer lovers can take part in beer dinners, beer walks and even brewery parties.

Staff at the Great Dane in downtown Madison spoke with WISC-TV about the festival.

"We get people coming in from out of town saying, 'You know, we heard this place is really great. Madison's having Craft Beer Week and we really just want to check it out.' So we get to enlighten a lot of outsiders about the coolness of Madison's beer scene," said Reese Railling, a manager at the Great Dane.

Craft Beer Week runs through May 13.

For more information on Craft Beer Week events, go to: http://www.madbeerweek.com/event-guide2

Thieves target Middleton lawn, garden business

Middleton police are asking for the public's help in solving a theft that occurred last weekend.

SLIDESHOW: See items stolen from Bruce Co.

About $90,000 in lawn equipment, including six lawnmowers, nine leaf blowers, nine string trimmers, six lawn edgers, two hedges and a chainsaw were stolen from the Bruce Company, which is at 2830 Parmenter St. in Middleton.

"Somebody had actually done some planning�and was looking for a trailer that would fit these lawnmowers, and had done some planning prior to this theft," said Middleton Police Sgt. Troy Hellenbrand.

The burglary happened between 1 p.m. April 21 and 11:15 a.m. on April 22.

Investigators said that they want the public to watch out for any new lawn care companies that might start up.