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East soccer team earns third straight trip to state with win over Bay

Oct. 20, 2012 10:31 p.m. | Not meaning to sound arrogant or dismissive of the very deep sectionals that his team has played in, Brookfield East boys soccer coach Herbie Dundun still said the WIAA State Tournament berths the Spartans earned in 2010 and 2011 were "almost givens".

Not so this year. East had huge graduation losses, and furthermore, it lost five more potential starters to the newly-founded soccer academy in the area.

So on Saturday night at Central, after the Spartans earned their third state trip in a row to Uihlein Park with a heartstopping 3-2 overtime shootout WIAA sectional final victory over a persistent Whitefish Bay team, a relieved Dundun said this state slot feels much different than the others.

"We were fishing here and there, trying to put the pieces together," he said. "The chemistry was always something a little different, something we were always working on."

"It was very much on the edge at times. It's very satisfying to have done this, but it feels very patched together. We had to fill the gaps as we went along."

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Crews rescue resident in Shorewood house fire

Oct. 20, 2012 2:36 p.m. | North Shore Fire crews used a ladder to pluck a resident from the second floor of a burning Shorewood home early Saturday.

Crews responded to a call about 2:20 a.m. that a person was trapped in the upper unit of a home on 2700 E. Jarvis Ave. Crews reported heavy smoke and flames lapping from the second floor when they arrived on the scene.

A single occupant was located on the balcony and rescued immediately, fire officials reported. The person was treated on the scene by paramedics and transported to Columbia-St. Mary's, Milwaukee for nonlife-threatening injuries due to smoke inhalation and burns.

Crews quickly extinguished the fire, though it did approximately $50,000 in damage to the structure.

No other human injuries were reported, though the fire did claim one dog.

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Nicolet baseball coach Sykes to retire after 23 years

Oct. 20, 2012 1:19 a.m. | After 23 years, one state title, nine conference crowns and over 500 career wins, Nicolet baseball coach Dick Sykes has announced his retirement.

Sykes said that he wanted to be able to see his youngest son Alex participate in high school sports, which Sykes said he was unable to do with his other children. He said he will also be retiring from teaching at the end of the school year.

He led Nicolet to four state tournament berths including a WIAA state title in 1998. He was also elected into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame a few years ago.

"I leave with no regrets, I accomplished everything I wanted to do while coaching," he said.

Donovan's injury overshadows Bay's 37-0 playoff win over Messwood

Oct. 20, 2012 12:01 a.m. | Shorewood/Messmer football coach Drake Zortman concluded his postgame business in a solemn mood with his Whitefish Bay counterparts following the Greyhounds 37-0 loss in a level 1 WIAA Division 2 playoff game Friday night in Bay.

He walked deliberately towards his anxious team waiting in the north end zone, quietly took over for his defensive coordinator, who was praising the unit for the four turnovers that it forced in the season-ending loss and then told his players "To clutch a teammate and think about Donovan for a minute."

He then let his team breathe again when he quickly followed that statement with a decisively said: "He's going to be fine. In my heart, he's going to be fine."

And that's when Shorewood/Messmer senior defensive back/running back Donovan Freeman's teammates could finally exhale again.

The game was already out of hand at 35-0 when on the second series of the third quarter, Bay defensive back Adam Strehlow intercepted a pass from Greyhounds' quarterback Taylor Dennis. Strehlow set off running along the Bay sideline and in the ensuing chaos and pursuit, Donovan collided hard with another teammate.

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Homestead completely holds down Hortonville

Oct. 19, 2012 11:54 p.m. | It took just three plays for the Homestead defense to make its presence known in Friday night’s WIAA Division 2 matchup with Hortonville, on senior David Anderson’s interception, but that was just the beginning.

An overwhelming performance that allowed just 20 yards, tallied five sacks and two interceptions in the first half alone did more than enough to lead the way to a 42-3 victory for the No. 2-seeded Highlanders over the seventh-seeded Polar Bears.

“That interception at the start of the game set the tone for the whole night,” Homestead coach Dave Keel said. “The defense is just getting better night in and night out. That’s what you want to see is kids improving."

Homestead (8-1) went up 14-0 less than a minute into the second quarter with senior quarterback Jake Laihinen’s 1-yard sneak at the goalline. Just two plays into the next possession, senior defensive end Ryan Stendler intercepted a tipped Andrew Thompson pass.

“We have been practicing screen all week,” the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Stendler said. “The first few we didn’t recognize very well. After (senior defensive lineman) Henri Shein tipped the ball, I just brought it down.”

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Hubley, Memorial too much for Falcons

Oct. 19, 2012 11:17 p.m. | Catholic Memorial could do no wrong, racing to a 41-7 lead and ultimately defeating Brown Deer in the WIAA Division 3 football playoffs at Carroll University on Friday, 48-28.

Senior running back Matt Hubley served as the table setter for the CMH offense, delivering 71 yards and four rushing touchdowns in the first half alone.

"Those guys (the offensive line) were doing a good job all night” said Hubley after the game.

Memorial moved on to a Level 2 game against Pewaukee -- a familiar foe at this stage of the postseason. The two programs have split games in Level 1 contests each of the past two postseasons.

Brown Deer looked like it had a case of nerves, particularly on an opening drive that could not have gone worse. The Falcons were whistled for a false start penalty on the first play from scrimmage, and quarterback Drew Worth was sacked on the second play and fumbled the ball, though Brown Deer recovered.

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Laacke & Joys closing downtown, Mequon stores

Oct. 19, 2012 3:38 p.m. | Laacke & Joys, a retail business that's been in Milwaukee for 168 years and once outfitted commercial sailing vessels, is closing its downtown sporting goods store in January 2014, the company said Friday.

Laacke also is closing its Mequon store in March 2013 and will consolidate the Milwaukee and Mequon retail operations into the company's store on Blue Mound Road in Brookfield.

In addition to selling canoes, kayaks, camping gear and patio furniture, Laacke has a manufacturing business that makes a plethora of products including accessories used in medical imaging, eyewash stations, welding curtains and parking meter covers. The company is expanding its manufacturing after having acquired the assets of Concept Seating Inc., a specialty chair maker, and is seeking a new location for the work.

Laacke & Joys was founded in 1844, while Wisconsin was still a territory, and originally supplied cordage, covers, oars, tackle blocks and more for commercial sailing vessels. It has been a fixture in Milwaukee ever since then.

The company moved to its current location, a 75,000-square-foot building at 1433 N. Water St., in 1961. Previously, the four-story building was a furniture factory, company President Marsha Mather said.

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Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today

Oct. 19, 2012 11:45 a.m. | We're a little bit more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's first-round of the WIAA high school football playoffs, so there is still time to sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Appleton East vs. Menomonee Falls; Brown Deer vs. Catholic Memorial; Greendale vs. Wauwatosa West, South Milwaukee vs. Brookfield Central and Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay.

Congratulations to Drew Hunkins of Waukesha, who was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks. He earned a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

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Four hospitalized after house fire in Mequon

Oct. 19, 2012 11:26 a.m. | Four people, including an elderly couple rescued by police, were hospitalized with smoke inhalation after a fire at a family farm house on N. Granville Road, south of Highland Road in Mequon Thursday evening, Mequon Fire Chief David Bialk said Friday.

The four were taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Ozaukee. Two were released Friday morning, but Bialk said he wasn't sure who was released.

Thursday evening, he said the fire department received a 911 call from someone inside the house saying they were trapped because of the fire. Two of the residents are elderly and needed assistance getting out, he said.

Two women, a mother and her grown daughter, were also at the house at the time, Bialk said.

The mother jumped out of the top floor and the daughter, described as in her 20s, got out of the house before fire and police arrived, he said.

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Nines in Mequon opening to public Nov. 6

Oct. 19, 2012 10:31 a.m. |

River Club of Mequon photos

Nines, the restaurant and pub at the River Club of Mequon, will open to the public Nov. 6.

The restaurant, at 12400 N. Ville du Parc Drive, between Highland and Freistadt roads, is part of a huge renovation of the golf club. The dining room (above) has a tree sculpture at its center; the pub (below) includes a wine bar with 44 wines by the glass, dispensed through a system that can keep an open bottle of wine fresh for weeks. The wines are available in 2- and 5-ounce pours, as well as by the carafe or bottle. And a notable feature for parents is a 4,000-square-foot activity center for children.

The restaurant is having a soft opening now, open to club members. 

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Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings

Oct. 17, 2012 12:28 p.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (8-0) has been a fixture atop the Living Lake Country/NOW suburban football rankings all season, never moving from the top spot.

The No. 1-seeded Warhawks begin WIAA Division 1 postseason play at home this Friday against No. 8 Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny (5-3).

You can get the lowdown on Arrowhead's postseason prospects and more first round games in a video preview at NOW's Push for the Playoffs.

Pigskin Picks contest returns for the WIAA playoffs

Oct. 17, 2012 9:51 a.m. | The first-round match ups are set in this season's WIAA football playoffs and you can test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters by taking part in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Drew Hunkins of Waukesha was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks, earning a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

You can join the fun in the playoff version of Pigskin Picks.

Two charged in Brown Deer armed robbery

Oct. 16, 2012 1:44 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man and 16-year-old boy from Milwaukee have been charged with robbing a man in Brown Deer.

Brown Deer police were sent to the 8900 block of N. Park Plaza Court on the evening of Aug. 3 for a report of three people fighting. Officers learned a 20-year-old Milwaukee man was robbed by two other males who struck him in the head with a gun, taking a cigar and tool from him. The victim was treated for minor injuries.

The two suspects were arrested in Milwaukee last week and on Monday, Johnny R. Hunley, 19, and the juvenile were charged with armed robbery.

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