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No referendum on banning fireworks in Muskego

Jan. 09, 2013 12:34 p.m. | The suggestion to hold a referendum on banning private fireworks displays was put on hold so that Muskego's new fireworks ordinance can be given a try.

Muskego is the only community in the metropolitan area that allows private residents to put on fireworks displays.

The Common Council meeting as a Committee of the Whole on Tuesday decided it was premature to hold a referendum, favoring instead to see how well the new fireworks ordinance works. The new rules were to get their first tryout last Fourth of July, but due to last summer's drought the city had a burn ban that nixed fireworks. The Public Safety Committee suggested the referendum.

"We have a real good rewrite of the ordinance," Alderman Neil Borgman said.

Alderman Daniel Soltysiak said he would rather see stepped-up enforcement against people being bad neighbors before talking about a referendum.

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Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players

Aug. 27, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

New Berlin West High School climbs on America's Best list

Aug. 25, 2015 4:08 p.m. | New Berlin West High School was again named on Newsweek's 2015 "America's Top High Schools" list, one of 14 Wisconsin high schools on the list.

West was ranked 264th in the nation on the list compiled annually to recognize the nation's top schools for college readiness.

West has been included on the Newsweek list before – ranking nationally at 763rd in 2013 while New Berlin Eisenhower was listed 462nd in 2013 and 342nd in 2014.

To be considered for the list, schools must perform at the 70th percentile within their state in reading/language arts and math.

Those schools then are surveyed and given a college-readiness index score based on six indicators: college enrollment rate, graduation rate, weighted AP/IB/Dual Enrollment composite, weighted SAT/ACT college entrance exam composite, student retention rate and counselor-to-student ratio.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: What stood out on the first week of high-school football?

Aug. 25, 2015 11:25 a.m. | JP and JR talk about the rise of the Franklin Sabers, a big battle between Arrowhead and Homestead, strong wins for Oak Creek and Germantown and other notes from the first week of football. Plus: the guys differ on whether the Packers will survive the Jordy Nelson injury.

Sport Shorts: Aug. 27, 2015

Aug. 24, 2015 2:33 p.m. |

NEW BERLIN UNITED

The New Berlin United boys volleyball team will be looking to defend their Woodland Conference Championship and return to the state tournament.

"We are looking to finish well in all of the tournaments we will be competing in to include our annual hosted tournament on September 12," coach Jay Szatkowski said. "I am very excited about not only the talent of this year's team, but I feel we should have good depth, too, which should allow for some very competitive practices.

"The guys seem very hungry and anxious for the season to begin, and with a very experienced core group of players, I expect they will be focused and driven to achieve their goals."

Leading the returning athletes are senior Matt Zeske, outside hitter, a first-team All-Woodland Conference and second-team All-State selection, and three more all-conference selections: senior Quinn Farrell, opposite, first-team All-Woodland Conference and second-team All-Woodland picks seniorsStephen Kraninger, libero, and Adam Campbell, setter.

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New Berlin West has new talent, experience

Aug. 24, 2015 11:03 a.m. | Despite losing eight players to graduation, coach Matt Drago fully expects his New Berlin West boys soccer team to improve on last year's 7-3-1 Woodland Conference record this season.

"We expect to remain competitive in every match we play," Drago said, "Given the team's commitment to work rate and defending as a unit, we will contend for the conference title."

Returning players include senior Josh Kryszewski, a starter, captain and four-year varsity player.

"He's our best technically-sound player on the team," Drago said.

Sophomore Josh Blaine, the only freshman to make varsity last year, and senior Justice Dodd, a starter who had a shortened season due to a concussion, are also back.

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New Berlin Eisenhower swimming team second at Falcon Funfest swim meet

Aug. 24, 2015 10:53 a.m. | Both New Berlin swimming teams took part in a meet Saturday, Aug. 22, with Eisenhower taking second in the Falcon Funfest swim meet at the Greendale Village Club and West finishing sixth at the Early Bird Invitational at Wauwatosa West.

Funfest results

The Lions scored 339 points to finish second behind Muskego (449) in the 10-team meet.

Page Carter took first in the 200 freestyle (2:13.81) and in the 400 free (4:38.71) to lead the way for Eisenhower.

Shayna Putney took first in the 50 free (29.01) and third in the 100 free (1:02.88).

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Teenage bicyclist struck by truck in New Berlin

Aug. 20, 2015 6:53 p.m. | A 14-year-old bicyclist suffered a head injury when he was struck by a truck in New Berlin Thursday afternoon.

Traffic was backed up on I-43 as the accident investigation team worked at the scene. Moorland Road in New Berlin was closed to northbound traffic from Beloit Road to Howard Ave. for several hours, reopening at 6 p.m.

The boy was bicycling west on Mayflower Drive through a red light at Moorland Road when he was struck by a truck driven by a 46-year-old woman proceeding on a green light, according to New Berlin Police and Fire departments. The incident was reported at 2:48 p.m. Thursday.

The bicyclist was taken to Froedtert Hospital. The truck driver was not injured.

The 2015 Suburban Milwaukee Prep Football Guide

Aug. 19, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Football is back Thursday, August 20, when Arrowhead and Homestead once again square off in a heavyweight opening bout. Get the lowdown on your home team, and the competition, with our extensive guide to prep football teams and players from the Milwaukee suburbs.

INITIAL REACTION PODCAST: Homestead vs. Arrowhead ... who you got? (and a full-fledged football preview)

WHAT TO KNOW:

-Push for the playoffs (detailed team rankings)

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Get to know: New Berlin West Vikings

Aug. 17, 2015 3:23 p.m. | The heart of New Berlin West football coach Al Moroder's team is a talented junior class. He has several returning players and some talented ones as well.

But that is not what excites the Viking mentor about his 2015 squad.

"The thing I'm most excited about is the team chemistry and their willingness to commit to a common goal," Moroder said. "We've been excited. The kids have set goals for themselves and hold each other accountable. We have 55 kids in the program, but looking at the eighth-grade level and looking at how the sophomores and freshmen are, we'll continue to grow."

So what is the key to this season for the Vikings, who were 2-7 overall last year 1-5 in Woodland West play?

"We have to start off to a strong start," Moroder said. "We have to be competitive in our nonconference games and try to get those early wins and build on them."

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Get to know: New Berlin Eisenhower Lions

Aug. 17, 2015 12:33 p.m. | Playoffs, playoffs.

Yes, making the playoffs is on the mind of coach Matt Kern and his New Berlin Eisenhower football team, who have not made the playoffs since 2011.

Eisenhower has been 4-5, 4-5 and 3-5 the last three seasons, but Kern has some talent to play with this season, topped off by senior running back/wide receiver/safety Jordan Canady, an all conference wide receiver last year.

"He's a scholarship kid. He's going to North Dakota," Kern said. "He's the first D1 scholarship player for us in 10 years. He is being recruited to be a safety."

Senior quarterback Sam Carey also returns and will be joined by junior Joey Scaffidi and senior Sean Broihier to form a very fast and talented backfield.

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Eisenhower returning experienced tennis team

Aug. 17, 2015 11:53 a.m. | Coach Mike Jenders has talent and experience returning on this year's New Berlin Eisenhower girls tennis team.

Sophomore Sam Ramsey returns to lead the team at the No. 1 singles position. Seniors Emma Freichels, Alexa Batson and Julia Catalano also return to the varsity and will share captain duties.

Other returning Varsity players are juniors Erin Dobrzynski, Shannon Hegeman, Maggie Majewski, Meghan Sommers, Deborah Woo, Maddie Sprengel, Sammy Yocks, Chloe Yocks, Riya Mehta, and Taylor Rivedal.

Talented freshmen include Emi Shima, Gabby Majinski, Lauren Kosch, Kate McCormick and Meg McCormick, who have performed well in practices and will each contribute to the varsity team.

"We are still working on building up the program, and I am excited to see how this group of girls improves throughout the season," Jenders said. "We have great attitudes on the team and lots of potential, but everyone is still learning how to construct points and handle match pressure. Our depth will keep us competitive as a team throughout the season."

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New Berlin Eisenhower swimmers looking for improvement

Aug. 17, 2015 11:48 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower girls swimming and diving coach Alyssa Bauer is looking forward to better things this season from a good Lions squad.

"We had a great sectional meet, taking first place," Bauer said. "This year, we are looking forward to the new talent joining the team and the talent returning from last year. We look to have a very strong team and hope to increase our depth at meets with a high number of entries. We are looking forward to a strong season."

The Lions begin the year at Whitnall's Fun Fest Meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22.

The Lions have seven returning letter winners, including three seniors captains — Riley Rossbach, Shayna Putney and Paige Carter.

Other returning letter winners are sophomores Bella Passamani and Emma Oleniczak; senior Isabelle Seifert; and junior Allie Schroeder.

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Inmate gets 25 years in prison for 2008 death of New Berlin man

Aug. 14, 2015 5:48 p.m. | The man who killed former New Berlin resident Eric Volp, whose body was found near a creek in northern Wisconsin about a year after he went missing in 2008, was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison.

Erik M. Smith, 34, was a suspect from the start because witnesses had seen him leaving an Iron Mountain, Mich., bar with Volp. Though authorities in Michigan and Wisconsin continued to investigate Volp's disappearance and eventual suspicious death, it wasn't until a tipster came forward years later that investigators decided to charge Smith earlier this year.

By then, Smith was serving a federal prison sentence for child pornography, which was discovered on his computer during a search warrant related to the Volp investigation. Fellow inmates said Smith had told them about running over a guy named Eric and hiding his body along a stream.

A fisherman discovered Volp's body along K.C. Creek, upstream from a U.S. Highway 8 bridge over the creek in Dunbar, on July 6, 2009. An autopsy showed he had died from multiple blunt force trauma. Volp was 28 when he disappeared. He had moved to Iron Mountain a few months earlier.

Prosecutors charged Smith in January, and in June, he pleaded guilty to homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, hiding a corpse and hit-and-run causing death. Prosecutors dismissed a charge of first-degree reckless homicide.

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New Berlin West plans five years' worth of reunions

Aug. 14, 2015 3:03 p.m. |

Five years of grads

to hold reunion

The New Berlin West High School classes of 1964 through 1968 will hold a reunion this fall and is having difficulty finding classmates.

The reunion will include attending a Sept. 18 New Berlin West football game and a party Sept. 20 at the Ale House, formerly Kuglitches where many of the class members bowled in high school.

The event will be the 50th anniversary reunion of the class of 1965, the first to attend New Berlin West all four years, the school having been just recently built. But the class of '65 has opened the reunion up to include all the classes from 1964 through 1968.

Classmates may contact Jack Melville at jmelville@wi.rr.com or Paul Roberts at pvllroberts@mac.com.

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2015 All-Suburban baseball: Turchin of Oak Creek repeats as player of the year

Aug. 12, 2015 12:30 p.m. |

Player of the Year

Doran Turchin, Sr., Oak Creek

The Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year during the summer season hit .381 with 12 doubles, three homers, 40 RBIs and 41 runs scored. ... reached base at .504 clip and slugged .648. ... Illinois recruit set Oak Creek career records for games played, total bases, RBIs and hits. ... Led team to sectional final with a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh against Greendale. ... Also won All-Suburban Player of the Year in 2014.

Coach of the Year

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