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Middleton High School announces new principal

Steve Plank was named Middleton High School's new principal Thursday, according to a release.

Plank has been the principal at Lakes Community High School in Antioch, Illinois, since 2010, officials said. He will be replacing Denise Hermann, who resigned in May to accept a similar position in California.

?Dr. Plank is an exceptional leader who will continue the tradition of academic excellence at Middleton High School," Superintendent Don Johnson said in the release. ?He also brings an amazing track record of building strong relationships with students, parents and faculty. He will be an incredible addition to an already strong administrative team.?

Plank went through two rounds of interviews and met with approximately 80 staff members, parents and students during two open forums on Tuesday, according to the release. There were 27 candidates who applied for the position.

West moves on in soccer sectionals

Sarah Mondschein scored a goal in the second half to give Madison West a 1-0 win over Middleton in a WIAA girls soccer sectional semifinal at Mansfield Stadium Thursday night.

West will play Kettle Moraine in the sectional final Saturday evening at 6:30 in Kettle Moraine for a berth at the WIAA State Girls Soccer tournament in Milwaukee next week.

Other WIAA soccer scores:

Division 2 :

Waunakee 6, Fort Atkinson 0

Oregon 2, DeForest 0

Division 3:

Mount Horeb 3, McFarland 0

Monroe 2, Delavan-Darien 0

Division 4:

Wisconsin Heights 3, Columbus 1

Lake Country Lutheran 5, Ozaukee 1

No one hurt in Town of Springfield house fire

A home in the town of Springfield suffered moderate damage late Wednesday after a fire started inside the attached garage of the home.

Firefighters from Middleton, Waunakee and Cross Plains responded to the fire in the 7000 block of Schneider Road just before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the Dane County Sheriff's Department, a resident was working on a fuel pump on a car in the garage when the fire started.

The garage is considered a total loss, as is the car that was being worked on at the time. Two other cars parked outside were also damaged, and there is a smoke damage throughout the house. No one was injured.

Sun Prairie, Middleton, Janesville Parker advance to state baseball

Three Big 8 Conference teams--Sun Prairie, Middleton and Janesville Parker--qualified for the Division 1 field at next week's WIAA state baseball tournament.

Sun Prairie has won the last two Division 1 state titles and they started their day by beating Watertown 10-0 in the sectional semifinal.

They beat Oshkosh North 2-1 in the sectional final.

Sun Prairie will face top ranked Stevens Point next Tuesday at 8 a.m. in a quarterfinal match.

Middleton is back at state for the second time in three years. They beat Reedsburg 7-3 in the sectional final. Reedsburg started the day upsetting second ranked Holmen 4-2 in the sectional semifinal.

Middleton will play at 1 p.m. in the Division 1 quarter finals.

Janesville Parker is back at state for the first time since 1992. They beat city rival Craig 6-1 to in the sectional semifinal. Then they beat Verona, who beat Stoughton in the other semifinal, 4-1 to advance to state.

Toxic algae spotted on Lake Mendota

Toxic algae spotted on Lake Mendota

Toxic algae were spotted on Lake Mendota near the University of Wisconsin campus and in Lake Waubesa, according to a release from UW officials.

Officials said cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae blooms, were spotted Tuesday in the area of Memorial Union and Hoofers.

The public is urged to avoid contact with the algae and not swim at night when the blooms can?t be seen.

The algae blooms occur when there is little wind and hot temperatures combined with lake nutrients.

Symptoms of a reaction to algae blooms include eye, throat, nose or skin irritation, and vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms can happen between several hours and a few days after being exposed.

Fleeing burglar found in window well, police say

A Middleton man is suspected of burglarizing his ex-girlfriend?s apartment and causing a crash while fleeing police, according to a release from Middleton police.

Officers were called to the residence in the 7400 block of Century Avenue Saturday afternoon by a woman who said someone was taking items from her home without permission. She told police her ex-boyfriend forced himself into the apartment and stole numerous items.

Police said as officers arrived, Epifanio Perez, 34, fled in a vehicle striking a parked car as he drove away. Minutes later dispatchers got calls about a two-vehicle crash on Century Avenue at Park Street with one of the drivers running away.

Perez was found hiding in a window well at a home in the 6900 block of Prairie Drive, police said. Officers said they used a Taser to subdue Perez when he advanced on them with a 2-3 foot stick and failed to follow their orders.

Day 1 state track results

The first Wisconsin high school track and field meet was held at Camp Randall Stadium on June 8, 1895.

One hundred nineteen years later the meet is still going. There are three divisions for boys and girls.

This marks the 25th year it's been in La Crosse at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Here are some results from the Division 1 events this morning, and most were preliminary races.

Madison Memorial's Daurice Fountain is the defending champion in 110 high hurdles and he qualified with the top time for Saturday's final.

He also finished second in the Division 1 boys' long jump. His best jump was 23 feet 5 inches. First place was a quarter of an inch longer.

He also qualified for Saturday's 300 meter hurdle final. The senior is just enjoying his last high school event.

"I am just trying to have fun. You know, it's my last year here so I just want to go out with a big bang and just have fun overall," said Fountain.