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Honor roll page updated

June 20, 2011 10:49 a.m. | We've just updated our honor roll page with the latest lists of academic achievers from area schools.

The schools updated are: Forest Park Middle School (Franklin), Greenfield Middle School, Homestead High School, Marquette University High School, Martin Luther High School, Menomonee Falls High School, Muskego High School, Oak Creek-Franklin West Middle School, Oak Creek High School, St. Francis High School and St. Matthew School (Oak Creek).

Go to honor roll page.

Muskego and New Berlin Sports Shorts: May 26

May 23, 2016 3:04 p.m. |


The Warriors surged to third place with 321 strokes in the Classic 8 Conference Tournament on May 18 at Naga-Waukee Park.

Jared Hornerled them with a 78, followed by Ryan Wikel79, Matt Polivkaand Tony Pachocha82 each and Austin White88.

Catholic Memorial won with 317 shots and Arrowhead took second with 318 in the eight-team meet.

The Warriors won a mini-meet with 164 shots on May 16 at The Legend at Merrill Hills. Wikel shared medalist honors with a 37.

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Eisenhower boys win Woodland tennis title

May 23, 2016 10:43 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower nipped Shorewood by a point, 41-40, and won the Woodland Conference Tennis Championship on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18, co-hosted by Greendale and Greenfield.

Whitnall finished third with 31 points, and Greendale was fourth with 28 points, as it was a two-team race.

"I am so proud of the team for achieving this title," coach Mike Jenders said. "This is the best boys team I have coached at Ike, a great group that has worked very hard to get to this position. Shorewood was a very even match for us, and the tournament really came down to a few key matches. Kevin (Nitz) and Mitchell (Swing) played awesome tennis for us, and Patrick (McCormick) and Xavier (Loomer) had a little revenge over the Shorewood team that beat them on Monday."

The results of the individual matches follow.

Eisenhower's No. 2 singles Kevin Nitz beat Mike Rumage of Whitnall (7-5, 6-0), and No. 3 singles Mitchell Swing Christian Schiro of Shorewood (6-2, 6-1) won the singles titles.

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New Berlin West wins third conference title in six years

May 23, 2016 10:41 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower couldn't share the Woodland West Division title with crosstown rival New Berlin West, but a win over the Vikings on May 19 would give them a split of the season series.

It took the Lions until the bottom of the seventh inning, when they rallied to score two runs to nip West, 4-3, to finish the regular season with a 12-4 record in league play. West won the title with a 13-3 record, also winning the title in 2011 and 2012. They also went to state in 2013.

"We went through a little rebuilding but are set up strong for the next few years," West coach Greg Klotz said. "Before that, it was 1986 when we went 25 years without a title."

The win was huge for the Lions.

"The girls were looking forward to playing them (West) again," Eisenhower coach Jeff Setz said. "The win should give them a boost in confidence if we meet in the postseason."

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New Berlin Eisenhower boys capture Woodland title

May 23, 2016 10:31 a.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower boys ran away with the Woodland Outdoor Championships on May 17 at New Berlin West, beating Pewaukee by 48 points.

The last time Eisenhower boys won an outdoor conference championship was 25 years ago in 1991. The Lions scored 174 points and had individual first-place finishes from junior Joey Scaffidi, sophomore Bryce Miller and senior captain Jake Rastas.

Scaffidi won the 100-meter dash with a personal-record 11.04 seconds. He also finished fourth in the 200 dash (22.77),

Miller won the 800 run in 2 minutes, 1.90 seconds and also took fifth in the 400 with a PR of 52.46.

Rastas leapt 6 feet, 2 inches to win the high jump and took fifth in the 300 intermediate hurdles (44.72).

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Eisenhower, New Berlin West baseball teams have different expectations

May 23, 2016 10:20 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower's baseball team is coming off a 16-14 record and a 10-6 record in the Woodland West Division.

Coach Mike Vahovick will be returning eight letter winners, and that is a source of optimism for the Lions.

"With the amount of returning players that we have this season, our expectations are very high," he said. "We expect to be very competitive in the Woodland Conference. Our goal is conference champs. Our other goal is to make it to Kapco this summer and win state. We are looking forward to being very successful."

Returning are seniors Ryan Potts (infield/pitcher), Trent Kelly (utility), Austin Stuckart (infield), Stephen Zaborowski (pitcher/outfield) and Gavin Beacom (catcher/infield) and juniors Bryce Wesling (outfield/pitcher/infield), Joey Scaffidi (outfield/pitcher) and Dylan Karvala (pitcher/outfield/infield).

Vahovick also said to watch for promising newcomers sophomore Boden Saikie (infield/pitcher) and juniors Jack Angiolo (outfield) and Max Maier (infield)

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New Berlin Eisenhower seventh-grade boys basketball team wins D2 state title

May 22, 2016 10:07 p.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower seventh-grade boys basketball team won the Division 2 title in the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament in La Crosse and Holmen on April 2 and 3.

This tournament, which was organized by The Great Northwest Basketball League, brought together 98 of the top community-based seventh-grade boys basketball teams from all across Wisconsin.

This is just the second state championship in this event that the Eisenhower boys team has won at any level, with the first championship coming in 2006 at the eighth-grade level.

Eisenhower went 2-1 in pool play, beating Tomah (44-27) and New Richmond (49-37) and losing to West De Pere (60-55). They defeated Kaukauna (43-31) in the Round of 16 and beat Waunakee (52-38) in the quarterfinals. They then beat Monona Grove (44-36) in the semifinals and Wauwatosa East (47-31) in the finals to win the D2 title.

The Eisenhower team is coached by Scott Witt and assistant coaches Eric Crubaugh and Paul Seifert. Two players — Sam Ludwig and Gabe Seifert — were named to the All-Tournament team for Division 2.

Former Packer LeRoy Butler to be part of Muskego Jammin' on Janesville

May 20, 2016 1:31 p.m. | Former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler will be in Muskego for Jammin' on Janesville on Friday, June 3, at the Muskego Pick 'n Save, S74 W17005 Janesville Road, to sign autographs and pose for photographs with guests.

The meet and greet will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

In addition, Butler's book "The LeRoy Butler Story" and his "Lambeau Leap" photo will be for sale at the event. Customers can purchase tickets at the service counter to redeem at Butler's table. The tickets will be sent early next week (via red mail bag) and will include a scanable bar code. The book will sell for $30 and the photo will sell for $25.

Jammin' on Janesville is a big block party with bands, demonstrations, activities and food along Janesville Road in Muskego.

Ex-West Bend official waives hearing in child prostitution case

May 20, 2016 12:01 p.m. | The former West Bend city administrator charged last month with soliciting sex from a 16-year-old girl waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday.

Thomas M. "T.J." Justice, 49, appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court and with his attorney, Steve Kohn.

Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper set Justice's next court appearance, an arraignment, for June 9.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl's mother found messages on her daughter's phone and contacted police, who then posed as the girl on her phone and continued an often salacious text dialogue with Justice, who seemed bent on having sex with the girl even after he learned she was only 16.

Police arrested Justice April 21 in Muskego near a Dairy Queen where an officer, posing as the girl, suggested they finally meet. He resigned from his West Bend post a short time later.

New Berlin student awarded $5,000 Herb Kohl scholarship

May 20, 2016 11:23 a.m. | A $5,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2016 Excellence Scholarship was presented to Dwight Davis, New Berlin, a senior at Heritage Christian Schools in New Berlin.

The scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated academic potential, leadership, citizenship, community service and other attributes. Davis is president of the school's National Honor Society chapter, is student council president, runs cross country, is a member of Heritage's music ministry ABLAZE, and has performed in several school musicals.

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has recognized educational excellence in Wisconsin students since 1990. This year, Herb Kohl increased the scholarship amount from the previous $3,000 per scholar to $5,000. Since it was established, the foundation has awarded $10.2 million to Wisconsin students, teachers and schools.

Heritage Christian Schools is a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade program, serving students throughout the greater Milwaukee area. Its mission is to train and inspire servant leaders through Christ-centered education and programs.

Army officer who lost legs to give motivational talks in New Berlin

May 19, 2016 6:38 p.m. | A Wisconsin native who was an athlete but lost both legs in an IED explosion during a tour in Afghanistan will give a motivational talk at both new Berlin high schools next week.

Jason Church was recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center when Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson visited him and was so impressed with his strength of character, courage and willingness to persevere that he invited Church to work for him in his Washington, D.C. office. Church now attends law school in Madison and occasionally gives motivational talks around the country.

He will speak to the students about perseverance, sacrifice and leadership Thursday, May 26, at New Berlin West Middle/High School and on Friday, May 27, at Eisenhower Middle/High School.

Muskego Plan Commission to hold special meeting on Parkland Mall plan

May 19, 2016 4:53 p.m. | The Muskego Plan Commission will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 23, to consider the controversial proposal to redevelop the former Parkland Mall property on Janesville Road between Lannon and Parkland drives.

In a bid to keep the project alive when there were not enough votes on the Muskego Common Council for a critical rezoning, the council last week sent the proposal back to the plan commission. Supporters wanted to buy time to see if the crucial vote against the rezoning cast by 4th District Alderman Thomas Kapusta could be turned around.

The commission was not going to meet until June 7. Scheduling a special meeting might signal that Kapusta plans to vote for the proposed rezoning when the council meets Tuesday, May 24, the day after the special plan commission meeting. That would bring the council vote to 6 to 1 in favor, enough for the rezoning. Kapusta could not be immediately reached.

When the council referred the project back to the plan commission, it had already recommended the rezoning but was going to revisit the project plans to see if it could be made more palatable for neighbors.

The project proposes three four-story buildings, a grocery store and three smaller retail buildings. The project is called the Parkland Towne Center.

Possible scam might be targeting New Berlin businesses

May 19, 2016 3:27 p.m. | The New Berlin Fire Department is warning local businesses that they may be contacted by a company asking them to advertise on fire safety boards that the fire department would supposedly distribute.

However, the fire department is not distributing any fire safety boards. The fire department has tried unsuccessfully to contact the company and is now warning this might be a scam.

Businesses will be contacted by the New Berlin Fire Department in conjunction with GMR Marketing for donations to fund youth education programs and the flashlight candy hunt that will again be part of the Fourth of July celebrations. Businesses will receive a letter on New Berlin Fire Department letterhead which will be in an envelope from New Berlin Fire Department.

New Berlin theatrical productions win statewide recognition

May 19, 2016 2:46 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High School production of "Aida" was named "Outstanding Musical" by the 2016 Overture Center for the Arts Tommy Awards, a program that recognizes excellence in high school musical theater.

The Tommy Award judges reviewed 77 productions.

The "Outstanding Musical" award encompasses direction, musical direction, choreography, stage management, lighting design and sound design. Sharing in the recognition are directors Mary E. Kirby and Natalie Baertschy, choreographer Sara Zavadsky, scenic designer Chad Abramowski, sound designers Nick Winders and Doug Hoeft, and stage manager Maria Butscher.

Eisenhower's production of "Little Shop of Horrors" earned several Tommy Awards. Jordan Forberg earned an Outstanding Leading Performance award for his portrayal of Seymour, while Outstanding Supporting Performance awards went to Drew Spadaro (voice of Audrey II), Brendan Sienko (Mr. Mushnik) and Tyler Behm (Orin Scrivello).

In addition, the musical was recognized for Outstanding Ensemble, and Maddie Mainwood earned an award for Outstanding Stage Management.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: A chat with award-winning sportscaster Dennis Krause

May 17, 2016 11:45 a.m. | JR and JP chat with one of JP's colleagues - the highly decorated Dennis Krause of Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - to talk about the Milwaukee sports market, the evolving sports business, the appetite for Packers content and more. Would Dennis give Giannis the max deal, and is the window closing on the Green Bay Packers? In other news, can Wily Peralta be saved and will Nigel Hayes return to Wisconsin? Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Law license of former New Berlin mayor suspended

May 17, 2016 10:40 a.m. | A former New Berlin mayor had his law license suspended for three years Tuesday, after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled he had taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from a client while committing 45 ethical violations.

The court also ordered James Gatzke to pay more than $500,000 in restitution and more than $50,000 in the cost of his discipline action, but stopped short of revoking his license.

Two justices, Michael Gableman and Rebecca Bradley, agreed with the suspension and costs, but would have left the issue of restitution to be settled in a separate lawsuit among the parties.

Gatzke, mayor from 1997 to 2001, found himself named in an Office of Lawyer Regulation complaint in 2013 over his work for the widow of a businessman who killed himself after he was suspected of trying to poison his partner with laced McDonald's ice cream.

Gatzke vigorously fought the ethics charges. He said his former client was a disgruntled partner in a failed real estate venture, and not a believable witness. His only wrongs, he said, were sloppy record-keeping and failing to adhere to procedural rules regarding his firm's trust account.

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