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StoneFire Pizza vows to remain open despite eviction order

May 17, 2010 10:46 a.m. | StoneFire Pizza Co. will remain open at its New Berlin location despite an eviction order issued Monday morning, one of the company's owners said.

The eviction order was issued by Waukesha County Circuit Court Commissioner Linda Georgeson in response to a lawsuit filed by AnchorBank, according to online court records.

David Church, a StoneFire owner, told me the company will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize its business. That filing will force a halt to the eviction proceedings as StoneFire reorganizes its finances, he said.

"The business won't be closing," Church said.

Madison-based Anchor took control of StoneFire's building, 5320 S. Moorland Road, through a foreclosure suit filed last year. Anchor will be StoneFire's largest creditor in the planned bankruptcy filing, Church said.

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Big plays by Popes lead to New Berlin West’s downfall

10:15 a.m. | If New Berlin West football fans think Thursday night’s 41-21 loss to Pius XI at Wisconsin Lutheran College was tough, they better buckle their seat belts.

The Vikings play at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Greendale, then host Pewaukee and New Berlin Eisenhower before closing out the regular season at Wauwatosa West. Their best chance at a victory might have been against the Popes, who picked up major contributions from a couple key playmakers.

Of the Popes six touchdowns, they included a 94-yard kickoff return by junior Lamont Blackmon, a 61-yard touchdown pass (junior quarterback Tylen Rhodes to Blackmon), a 52-yard touchdown pass (Rhodes to senior Keyshawn Carr), a 33-yard fumble return (Rhodes) and a 28-yard touchdown pass (Rhodes to senior Sam Nickulis).

Whenever the Vikings jumped back in the game with a score, they handed an easy touchdown right back to Pius.

“They had a lot of big plays tonight,” West coach Al Moroder said. “I don't like to make excuses, but we’re young in the defensive backfield (two sophomores, some inexperienced juniors).

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Just how much of a chance do the Wisconsin Badgers have?

Sept. 03, 2015 12:00 p.m. | JP and JR discuss the upcoming Wisconsin-Alabama game and ponder if the Badgers have a chance to shock the college football universe, plus a boatload of reaction to the second week of the football season, including big wins for Catholic Memorial and Franklin.

Updated week three rankings of area prep football teams and players

Sept. 03, 2015 10:20 a.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.

Rezoning for second Little Muskego Lake beach home plan recommended

Sept. 02, 2015 4:38 p.m. | Even Muskego Plan Commission members who are against building condominiums on the southern shore of Little Muskego Lake voted for a proposed rezoning because the alternative could be worse.

The Muskego Common Council in November narrowly approved a rezoning and zoning amendments that would allow construction of a 12-unit multi-family building and five beach home/condominiums. They would be built on 3.9 acres along Janesville Road north of Pioneer Drive

However, now the developer, Michael Dilworth, president of Ener-Con Companies, has dropped the multi-family in favor of building 10 condominium homes.

Because the original project approved in 2014 wasn't built, Ener-Con had to ask again for a rezoning. On Tuesday, the Plan Commission unanimously approved it, sending the proposed rezoning to the common council.

Commission member Jerald Hulbert voted against the original plan but voted for this one. If the new plan fails to win approval, the original plan with its multi-family could still be built, he said.

Sport Shorts: Sept. 3, 2015

Aug. 31, 2015 4:53 p.m. |

MUSKEGO FOOTBALL

Literally everyone pitched in for the Warriors in a 74-8 romp over Bradley Tech on Aug. 27.

A total of 13 running backs carried the ball, with no one having more than three attempts. Brett Finkeran three times for 89 yards and two touchdowns; Jason Bednarzthree times for 83 yards and one score; Ayden Malcomsontwo times for 59 yards and two touchdowns, plus a third score on a pass reception; Colin O'Neillthree times for 50 yards and a score; and Rene Calvettitwice for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Michael Madia, Jake Buehlerand Cody Krausealso scored for Muskego, which went up 40-0 after one quarter and 60-0 at the half. Muskego rolled up 532 total yards, averaging 17.7 per play, and did not punt.

Quarterback Caleb Wagnercompleted one pass for a 42-yard touchdown to Malcomson, and the defense was paced by Addison Priceand Mitch Suderland IIIwith six tackles, Jorin McGuirewith five tackles and Nick Savarino, Bray Halland Caleb Lauwith four apiece.

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Kate Winckler leaving Oconomowoc Area School District for New Berlin

Aug. 31, 2015 4:02 p.m. |  Kate Winckler, director of communications and marketing for the Oconomowoc Area School District, has accepted a new post with the New Berlin School District. 

Winckler's last day at OASD will be Sept.9; she will assume her role at New Berlin on Sept. 16. The Oconomowoc Area School District will begin the process to  search for Winckler's replacement immediately. 

New Berlin Eisenhower's Carey, Canady stand out in 35-0 rout of Mauston

Aug. 30, 2015 11:23 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower crushed Mauston, 35-0, on Aug. 28 at home and improved their record to 2-0, with the Woodland Conference season beginning on Friday.

The Lions will get to see just how good they are as they face perennial power Greendale, which is off to an 0-2 start, at 7 p.m. Friday at home.

"We're excited to get the conference started," Eisenhower coach Matt Kern said. "We have a lot of respect for Greendale. Their record is no indication of the talent or how dangerous this team is. We are going to get their best effort because they are going to try to avoid going 0-3. We're going to need to match their intensity."

For the second week in a row, quarterback Sam Carey was the story, completing five of 10 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Jordan Canady also had a big game with two touchdown catches and one rushing. Canady had two catches for 121 yards, and wide receiver Sullivan Kulju had two catches for 57 yards and a score.

The rushing stats were balanced as Canady had 62 yards, Sean Broihier had 60 and Joey Scaffidi had 44.

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Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.

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

Aug. 25, 2015 4:08 p.m. | New Berlin —New Berlin West High School was again named on Newsweek's 2015 "America's Top Public 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. Newsweek did not rank Eisenhower for 2015 and no additional information is available.

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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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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