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Branch St. to shut down in phases for resurfacing

Branch St. to shut down in phases for resurfacing

A portion of Branch Street is expected to be closed for about a month for maintenance, according to a notice from the city. 

The roadway between Century Avenue and Columbus Drive will close beginning Monday for the first phase of the Branch Street reconstruction project, according to the city of Middleton.

Crews will resurface the road, replace the water main and do spot repairs of the sidewalk, curb, gutter and sanitary and storm sewers. 

The project is planned to be take place in three phases to minimize disruptions to local access, according to the notice. 

The early finish date for phase one of the project is noted as July 10 on the city project plans, and traffic control is forecasted to end between Century and Columbus on July 2. 

Cross-dressing students cause stir at Middleton High School

A number of Middleton High School students defied a request from school officials not to cross-dress during a senior dress-up day, and it could cost one student attendance at graduation.

Superintendent Don Johnson said district officials heard and saw on social media on Monday that the seniors were planning on cross-dressing for a senior dress-up day on Wednesday. The dress-up day is a tradition dating back several years.

Johnson said school officials made an announcement to students asking them not to cross-dress on Wednesday because of the potential hurtfulness it could cause to gay, lesbian and transgender students in the school.

"The cross-dressing, I don?t believe, was ever intended to be discriminatory toward this group, but in effect it very well may have, and so we asked the seniors to say, ?Let?s think about a way to celebrate that will not alienate or really impact in a negative way any of our student body," Johnson said.

Verona, LaFollette softball advance to sectional final

Verona beat La Crosse Central 1-0 in nine innings, and Madison Lafollette beat Middleton 2-1 Tuesday night in sectional semifinals. Verona and Lafollette will meet Thursday with a trip to state on the line.

The Wildcats and the Red Raiders needed extra innings. In the ninth inning Verona had a runner on third with one out.�

Verona's Leslie Banzhaf hit one to left and it was in foul territory, but the Central's Kaitlyn Roesch made the catch in foul territory allowing Alyssa Erman, the runner on third, to tag up and score the running run.

As for the Middleton-Lafollette game, it end in controversy.�

In the fifth inning a Middleton double play ended the inning, but before the play in the bottom of the seventh, it was decided the run on a sacrifice fly should have scored, so they awarded the run and Lafollette won 2-1.

Verona and Lafollette play in Middleton, of all places, Thursday at 5 p.m.

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.�