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Three Menomonee Falls cross country coaches suspended on suspicion of alcohol use

Oct. 30, 2012 10:35 a.m. | Three members of the Menomonee Falls girls cross country coaching staff were placed on administrative leave pending further fact finding of an allegation that they were consuming alcohol during the Meet of Future Champions event that Falls hosted at Rotary Park on Oct. 18.

According to District Public Relations Officer Mitchell Maersch, there will be a special closed session committee meeting held on Thursday morning where the issue will be discussed further. The committee will likely make a recommendation to the school board about any further disciplinary action for the trio.

“We treat reports of misconduct seriously, and we are doing a thorough investigation,” said Falls Superintendent Patricia Greco in a release. “Any behavior of this nature would not be in line with our code of conduct for students or adults.”

According to reports, the trio, who were only identified as three adults working the event on Oct. 18 according to a district report, were asked to step aside last week following news of the alleged events surfacing.

MenomoneeFallsNOW has learned that the trio were indeed coaches with the Falls girls cross country program though Maersch would not independently confirm that fact.

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Menomonee Falls School Board approves new health insurance plans

Oct. 29, 2012 8:36 p.m. | After numerous discussions, the Menomonee Falls School Board on Monday officially approved the district's health benefit plan that will offer employees three options with varying deductibles and employee premiums.

Open enrollment for the new benefit plans will begin Jan. 1 as the district moves to self-funded insurance through Humana, its current carrier.

The proposed employee premiums are set so the School District's contribution is the same under all three plans. By changing to self-funded health insurance, the district could save up to $750,000; however, the total savings will depend on which plan employees choose and their health care spending throughout the year.

Preventive care is covered 100 percent in all three plans, according to School District documents.

Plan one is a traditional preferred provider organization plan and most similar to the employees' current insurance plan, with the exception of adding in-network coinsurance.

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Menomonee Falls police seek Red Bull thief targeting Pick 'n Saves

Oct. 29, 2012 2:49 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police are seeking a 48-year-old Menomonee Falls man for questioning after he shoplifted energy drinks at two local Pick 'n Saves on Oct. 10 and Oct. 18.

The man is believed to have participated in 13 similar incidents at Pick 'n Saves throughout Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

According to the Menomonee Falls police log:

The suspect pushed a cart filled with 25 cases of Red Bull energy drinks and two packs of Dasani water out of Pick 'n Save, N95 W18273 County Line Road, shortly before 11 a.m. Oct. 10. The suspect, who was accompanied by two females, then came back into the store, filled another cart with cases of energy drinks and pushed it into the produce section.

After employees became suspicious of the suspects, the produce manager recovered the cart and pushed it out of the area. The suspects apparently got scared and left the store without purchasing anything. The manager told police the suspects got into a large, white vehicle that was parked at the far north end of the parking lot and fled the area.

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Germantown police seeking missing zombies

Oct. 29, 2012 2:16 p.m. | A resident called the Germantown Police Department after three zombies were stolen from her graveyard in the W196 N11500 block of Shadow Wood Drive on Oct. 23.

According to the police report:

The resident stated the zombies, which were made of plastic and Styrofoam, were stolen from her yard between the late evening hours of Oct. 22 and early morning hours of Oct. 23.

One of the zombies was attached to a headstone, and the other two have white hair with heads attached to a stick and their hands are chained together.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of the stolen/missing zombies they are asked to call the Germantown Police Department at (262) 253-7780.

Menomonee Falls volleyball team beats Watertown for WIAA state berth

Oct. 28, 2012 12:49 a.m. | They were just callow freshmen when the last time their beloved Menomonee Falls girls volleyball team last made the WIAA state tournament two years ago.

And in a reminder of that fact, coach J.C. Bruns had them and the team watch a disc of the epic WIAA sectional final match with Germantown that got the 2010 team to state.

So, when now juniors Simone Lee, Abby Becker and Katherine Von Bank stepped upon the court Saturday night in Waukesha for their own sectional final with long-time WIAA rival Watertown, they were ready to lead.

And lead they did, helping the Indians take the first game decisively, 25-17, and then making enough plays at the end of games two (25-23) and three (26-24) to earn a sweep over the Goslings and a berth in next week's WIAA State Tournament in Green Bay.

"We put the team on our shoulders," said the setter/rightside hitter Beckers, who missed most of last season with an injury. "Try to guide them to state. ...I just thought I could be more useful tothe team out here than just sitting on the bench (laughs)."

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Kimberly topples Indians with second-half surge

Oct. 27, 2012 6:39 a.m. | As good as Menomonee Falls football coach John Baker felt his No. 3 seeded Indians played for the first 24 minutes of Friday night’s WIAA Division 1 Level 2 showdown with No. 2 seed Kimberly, the 12 minutes that followed took all that good feeling away.

The Papermakers scored three touchdowns over the span of 3 minutes, 41 seconds to run away with a game that was 3-0 at halftime and took a 31-0 victory, ending the Indians season at Papermaker Stadium.

“I was proud of how our defense played the first half,” Baker said. “In the second half, they have the potential to score quick and put a hurting on you and they did just that. They are a well-coached team that made big plays in the third quarter and got away from us.”

The Indians (7-3) felt good going into the second half after being the first team all season to go scoreless through the first quarter with the Papermakers (9-1) and hold them to just 76 yards in the first half with just a field goal separating the teams on the scoreboard.

“Everything went how we wanted it to in the first half,” Indians senior linebacker Brian Schmit said. “We wanted to keep this a close game. In the third quarter, they came out and they played their tail off and hit us hard.”

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Arrowhead reaches another level

Oct. 26, 2012 10:56 p.m. | The show continued Friday night for the undefeated and No. 1 ranked Arrowhead football team, and the show AHS put on against visiting Germantown in a Level 2 WIAA Division 1 playoff game was clearly its best performance of the season.

Turning in perhaps the best first half of football in school history, the Warhawks scored on all seven of their first-half possessions, rolled to a 47-0 lead at the intermission and eventually won the game by a lopsided 47-7 score. The lone Germantown touchdown came in the final minutes of the game.

“Our guys are good, they always come out ready to play and that’s what we did tonight,” said second year Arrowhead coach Greg Malling. “The kids on offense are very explosive and I’m not surprised how well the defense is playing either. You just can’t divide any of the three phases of the game. When one’s cooking it makes it a lot easier on the other two. The offense plays so good because the defense makes it easy for us. When we play defense we can take more shots. All the kids are working together right now.”

And that just might be the understatement of the year. At least that’s how it looked Friday.

Offensively, the Warhawks (10-0) had seven possessions in the first half and scored on all seven, and quickly. Those drives consisted of three plays, six plays, one play, three plays, seven plays, four plays and nine plays. Those seven touchdowns came in a total elapsed time of just 8:54. AHS had 357 total yards in the first half.

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Second round of Pigskin Picks high school football contest begins tonight

Oct. 26, 2012 1:10 p.m. | The second round of the WIAA high school football playoffs begins tonight and you can 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: Germantown vs. Arrowhead, Cedarburg vs. Homestead, Brookfield Central vs. Whitefish Bay, Watertown vs. Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial vs. Pewaukee.

Andy Collins of Mequon was last week's winner as he picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay game.

Join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest here.

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Looking for local trick-or-treat times?

Oct. 23, 2012 11:11 a.m. | Halloween is right around the corner and you can find a list of local trick-or-treat times on MyCommunityNOW's special trick-or-treat page.

Menomonee Falls get leg up on Patriots

Oct. 22, 2012 1:53 p.m. | Fortunately for the Menomonee Falls football team, the special teams unit lived up to its name.

In a well-played, physical slugfest in the opening round of the WIAA Division 1  playoffs on Friday night, the third-seeded Indians outlasted visiting sixth-seeded Appleton East, 20-17, and they needed every ounce of effort from their kicker and punter to do it.

After sophomore kicker Alec Knuese connected on a 37-yard try on the Indians’ first possession, the Patriots answered with a 11-play, 57-yard touchdown drive capped by senior quarterback Garrett Peterson’s 3-yard touchdown keeper.

The Indians offense was stymied by Appleton East’s defensive speed for much of the first half and could only get close enough for another 31-yard field goal from Knuese to enter the break trailing, 7-6.

The Patriots started the second half with another steady drive, but stalled inside the red zone and settled for a 32-yard field goal of their own from sophomore Gabe Heindel.

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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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Markusse's two goals lift Brookfield East to soccer sectional final

Oct. 18, 2012 9:49 p.m. | Neither rain, nor mud nor the rooster-tails of water that cropped up everytime a player skidded to the far northwestern corner of the field could stop Brookfield East senior midfielder Mike Markusse Thursday night in a WIAA sectional semifinal soccer game at Menomonee Falls.

Markusse turned senior defender Mark Glowacki's re-direct of a short corner kick by senior Alan Miranda into a flashy, sideways turned goal from about 15 yards out at the 72:20 mark to lift the Spartans to an exciting 3-2 victory over the Indians.

"It was a nicely turned play, a beautiful stroke," said Spartan coach Herbie Dundun. "We knew we would have to make adjustments on a smaller field on a wet night. We had to go long one way (with the wind at our backs) and short on the other (when it was against us)."

"We got caught sleeping on a short, quick corner and we didn't stop the second guy," said Indian coach Scott Stein. It was Markusse's second goal of the game.

The victory avenged a 1-0 loss by the Spartans to the Indians during the regular season that was decided by an East own goal. It also advanced the Spartans to the WIAA sectional final at Brookfield Central at 7 p.m. Saturday against Whitefish Bay, which was a 6-0 winner over Cedarburg this night.

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Germantown boys volleyball team clinches second straight NSC title

Oct. 17, 2012 9:59 p.m. | The novelty had worn off for the Germantown boys volleyball team, which made a splash by winning the North Shore Conference title and surprisingly advancing all the way to the WIAA State semifinals last year.

But the excitement is still there, as the Warhawks, fueled by expectations both internal and external, cruised to their second straight North Shore title Wednesday, with a surprisingly easy 25-16, 25-14, 25-15 rout of rival Nicolet.

With the win, the tall and on occasion dominant Warhawks finished the season at 6-0 in league duals and are ready for the upcoming WIAA series where they have earned the top seed in the Arrowhead sectional bracket.

"It's more of a younger team this year," said 6-11 senior outside hitter Luke Fischer, one of the veterans of last year's run whose frequent thunderous spikes energized the home crowd in the Germantown gym Wednesday night, "but we get along well. The thing for us though, is that Coach (Brian) Rushmer expects us to do well. To build on last year."

"And we don't expect anything less ourselves."

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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.

Despite Falls' rout of Central, title hopes fade as East edges Hamilton

Oct. 12, 2012 10:45 p.m. | 'It would have been a phenomenal story."

That's all Menomonee Falls football coach John Baker could say shortly after he and his team watched on television Brookfield East's harrowing 14-13 overtime win over Sussex Hamilton late Friday night.

The Indians had taken care of business earlier that night, turning in a dominant defensive effort in handling a short-handed Brookfield Central squad, 14-0.

Falls (6-1 in Greater Metro Conference play and 6-2 overall) needed to beat the Lancers (4-3, 5-3) and then needed help from Hamilton. A victory by the Chargers (5-2, 6-2) over East (7-0, 8-0) would have vaulted the Indians into a three-way tie for the GMC title with those same two teams.

It would have been Falls' first league championship since 2004.

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Homestead buries GT in second half, secures share of NSC title

Oct. 11, 2012 11:05 p.m. | When in doubt, trust your players.

And that's exactly what veteran, state championship-winning Hall of Fame coach Dave Keel did Thursday night, as with his offense stuck in reverse in the first half (15 plays for just 26 yards) against archrival Germantown, the Highlanders needed a jump-start after a 0-0 first two quarters.

"The kids made a couple of suggestions," Keel said. "They said the sweep might be open and then Jay (running back) Schneider went and made us look like geniuses."

That he did.

Because Schneider took the ball on the first play of the second half from his own 19-yard line on that very sweep call.

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6 hurt, including 5 students, in Germantown bus collision

Oct. 11, 2012 6:06 p.m. | Germantown - Six people, including five Germantown High School students, were injured Thursday afternoon in a crash involving a school bus and two cars, authorities said.

According to Germantown police, 28 students from the high school were aboard the bus when one of the cars failed to yield the right of way shortly after 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Mequon and Division roads.

Along with two students aboard the bus, four occupants of the cars were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Three students in one of the cars were among those injured, Germantown High School Principal Joel Farren said.

Germantown appoints new director of teaching and learning

Oct. 10, 2012 11:48 a.m. | The Germantown School Board on Monday appointed Amy Belle Elementary School Principal Mary Kucharski as the director of teaching and learning.

It was a difficult search to replace Jennifer Ganske, who resigned in August, said Superintendent Susan Borden. The right candidate needed to have expert knowledge in K5 literacy, which is an area that Kucharski has experience in, Borden said.

The Germantown School District is adopting a new K5 reading and writing program. The reading and writing adoption is at the forefront for the 2012-13 school year as the district works to align curriculum with state standards.

"We didn't find that in the candidate pool," Borden said. "Maria is giving us the gift of time with her services as director."

Kucharski will serve as director for the next year before returning to her position as principal at Amy Belle. By then, Borden said they are anticipating a more diverse candidate pool to select from in order to fill the position.

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Menomonee Falls police arrest man suspected of abducting kids

Oct. 09, 2012 12:36 p.m. | Menomonee Falls - A 19-year-old Fond du Lac man was arrested after he fled from Menomonee Falls police and crashed his car with three young children inside on Oct. 1.

According to Menomonee Falls police:

At 6 p.m., Menomonee Falls police received an alert from the Fond du Lac Police Department regarding an attempt to locate a man driving a red, 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The driver of the car, a 19-year-old Fond du Lac man, allegedly abducted three young children after a domestic violence incident in Fond du Lac.

Menomonee Falls officers located the vehicle and pulled it over in the 12400 block of U. S. Highway 41. When the officers approached the vehicle and attempted to talk to the driver he sped away, initiating a police pursuit. The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed on the 124th Street exit ramp from Highway 145.

The driver fled the car, leaving the three young children behind. The foot pursuit ended when canine officer Tyson located the suspect in the courtyard of a business at 11770 Lake Park Drive in Milwaukee.

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Alert employee helps police arrest two sets of thieves

Oct. 09, 2012 11:54 a.m. | Germantown - An observant employee at L.T. Hampel helped police catch three thieves at a neighboring business between 11:15 p.m. and Oct. 1 and 4 a.m. Oct. 2.

According to Germantown police:

An employee at L.T. Hampel called police to report he heard the sound of glass breaking shortly after a suspicious vehicle drove into the parking lot at Systems Inc., W194 N11481 McCormick Drive, at 11:15 p.m. Oct. 1. The business is located just south of L.T. Hampel and was closed for the evening.

Officers arrived on the scene and arrested a 56-year-old man and a 46-year-old man for theft from a vehicle.

The same employee called police again at 4 a.m. Oct. 2 to report another suspicious vehicle in the parking lot behind Systems Inc. The caller stated the vehicle, a silver minivan, left the parking lot after a short amount of time and turned eastbound onto Edison Drive.

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Man faces charges after stealing from grandparents

Oct. 09, 2012 11:40 a.m. | A 25-year-old Menomonee Falls man was arrested for stealing his grandparents' debit card and using it to make fraudulent charges and take money out of their account.

According to Menomonee Falls police:

Officers responded to the victims' residence in the N70 W13500 block of Brentwood Drive after receiving a report that someone stole a debit card from the home sometime between midnight Sept. 22 and 4 a.m. Sept. 29. The suspect apparently used the card to make cash withdrawals from area ATMs and fraudulent purchases in the Falls area.

The victims told police they believed their grandson, who had access to their home, stole the card.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Sept. 30, an officer parked near the victims' residence saw the victims' grandson exiting a cab in front of the home. When the officer approached the suspect and identified himself, the suspect tried to run away and a foot pursuit ensued. The suspect was eventually tackled to the ground and taken into custody for identity theft and resisting arrest.

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Germantown School Board may consider new facility fee

Oct. 08, 2012 9:40 p.m. | The Germantown School Board may consider implementing a facility usage fee to the Germantown Parks and Recreation Department for the use of district buildings to run many of their programs.

Board member Bruce Warnimont said the district's Building Committee has begun to entertain the idea of charging the recreation department a fee and asked the board if it was worth further discussion. Although the recreation department does not pay any fees, the department does place money into a fund that is set aside for special projects within the school district.

"I think to some degree we should try recoup utility costs," said Board Member Tom Barney.

Sarah Larson and Diana Kline were the only two board members who said the current structure should be left as is and no fees should be charged.

In addition to further discussing a new fee structure, Warnimont said the Building Committee is also talking about whether or not the recreation department should be allowed to use academic portions of district facilities. Currently, recreation programs are limited to using school gymnasiums.

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Two boys arrested for beating 15-year-old Germantown High School student

Oct. 08, 2012 3:22 p.m. | Germantown - Two students were arrested after a 15-year-old boy was severely injured during a fight at Germantown High School on Friday.

Updated: Germantown High School has released a statement on the incident.

According to a news release: Germantown police responded to a report of a fight at Germantown High School, W180 N11501 River Lane, at 11:13 a.m. Oct. 5. When officers arrived at the scene, the school resource officer and school administration had already broken up the fight and separated everyone involved.

As a result of a preliminary investigation, a 16-year-old male student was arrested for substantial battery and was transported to the Washington County Juvenile Secure Detention Facility. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested for disorderly conduct for his involvement in the fight. He was booked at the Germantown Police Department and released.

The 15-year-old victim in this incident was transported to Children's Hospital with severe facial injuries. Police later learned that the victim was going to need surgery to repair facial injuries.

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How might the WIAA football playoff brackets stack up?

Oct. 08, 2012 12:44 p.m. | The WIAA football postseason picture is becoming a little more clear as teams prepare this week for their final regular-season games.

Lake Country's JR Radcliffe takes a shot at seeding the Division 1, 2 and 3 brackets in his latest Bracketology blog.

Menomonee Falls wears down West Allis Hale

Oct. 05, 2012 11:30 p.m. | Menomonee Falls picked up its fifth win of the season during its visit to West Allis Hale on Friday evening with a 21-7 victory over the Huskies. Falls improved to 5-2 overall, and 5-1 in the Greater Metro Conference, where it still has a chance to share the league crown.

Falls took control of the game early on when Cole Hernikl ran in a 38-yard touchdown. From that point forward, however, neither team could do much offensively. On the second Indians possession of the night, Falls opted to go for it on a 4th and 2 situation from the Hale 25 yard line, but the Huskies defense held the line and forced a turnover on downs. It was the first of four failed fourth down conversions by the Indians.

“Defensively I thought we played great, I really did,” said Hale head coach Brandon Ehret. “There were some critical situations where our kids stepped up and made some big plays, and we had some crucial fourth down stops. Our kids definitely stepped up on the defensive side of the ball.”

The Huskies didn’t fare much better offensively, as the farthest they reached in the first half was the Falls 25-yard line on their final possession of the half. Like the Indians, the Huskies also had issues converting on fourth down, and an incomplete pass from Hale quarterback Nick Sotiros forced a turnover on downs just before halftime.

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Germantown looking for its share

Oct. 05, 2012 11:10 p.m. | The Germantown football team hosted Nicolet on Friday night in what many would consider a trap game. With an end-of-the-season battle looming a week away for a chance at the conference title, the Warhawks made sure not to look past a struggling opponent.

Despite a strong defensive effort from Nicolet, the trap was not sprung on the Germantown season, and the Warhawks defeated the Knights 28-7 on Homecoming night. The win, coupled with Homestead losing to Whitefish Bay, means Germantown joins those teams with just one loss at the top of the North Shore standings.

“It’s been a tough week and a challenge to not look ahead,” Germantown head coach Jake Davis said. “Then of course it’s Homecoming week, and that’s always a challenging week in itself.

“We knew Nicolet was going to come play hard and we couldn’t take anyone lightly.”  

Early on in the contest, the Warhawks certainly seemed willing to take risks, going for it on 4th down and 2 on the first drive of the game. After an incomplete pass and two mildly successful runs, the Nicolet defense was able to stop Germantown and force the early turnover on downs. On two different occasions in the first quarter, Germantown went for it on 4th down and short, with the Nicolet defense stopping them both times.

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Germantown volleyball team closes in on North Shore title with sweep of Nicolet

Oct. 04, 2012 9:20 p.m. | Germantown senior all-around volleyball ace Megan Johnston partcipated in that thrilling, dynamic five-game dual dual meet loss to archrival Nicolet last season held before a boisterous crowd on the Knights' home court that decided the North Shore dual meet crown.

The talent level in that match was very high with several players off both sides earning some kind of college scholarship.

Flash forward to Thursday night before a much quieter and smaller crowd in the Warhawk gym. The talent level is a bit diminished on both sides, but the degree of "want-to" is still the same, as the Warhawks clinched no less than a share of the North Shore Conference dual meet crown with an impressive 26-24, 25-17, 25-19 victory over the Knights.

"Both of us have a lot of new girls out there," said Johnston, who was one of five Warhawks celebrating senior night, "but it's always a great match. Every year it's competitive and close."

With the win, Germantown improved to 6-0 in league meets with only a match at Homestead (5-1) on Tuesday night to close out the NSC dual slate. Nicolet, meanwhile, saw its hopes for another share of the championship evaporate as it is now 4-2.

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Menomonee Falls anesthesiologist faces drug charges

Oct. 02, 2012 9:04 p.m. | A Menomonee Falls doctor has been charged with illegally possessing drugs police say he planned to use for ending his own life after a violent argument with his wife prompted by discovery that he had been spending money on an escort service.

Jesse VanBommel, 39, had gone to the hospital where he worked as an anesthesiologist and gathered a syringe, tourniquet and double doses of drugs that he told police would have killed him in five minutes, according to a criminal complaint.

But police, with the help of VanBommel's wife, had acted on a hunch that he might try exactly that, and had arrived at Community Memorial Hospital just ahead of VanBommel on Sept. 15. As they asked hospital security to be on the lookout for VanBommel, they saw him drive into the parking garage. He got to the interior of the hospital before police could reach him but later emerged dressed in hospital scrubs and carrying the potentially fatal Propofol, Fentanyl and Rocuronium, a paralytic.

When police confronted him in a hallway, VanBommel sank to the floor crying and was arrested.

VanBommel is charged with possession of narcotic drugs, a felony, possessing illegally obtained prescriptions, a misdemeanor, as well as criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct, domestic abuse, both misdemeanors.

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Quintet of undefeated teams headline suburban football poll

Oct. 01, 2012 10:47 a.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (6-0, 5-0 Classic 8) continues its season-long run atop the MyCommunityNOW football poll this week, though the Warhawks are joined by four more undefeated squads.

Brookfield East (6-0, 5-0 Greater Metro), Oak Creek (6-0, 5-0 Southeast), Homestead (6-0, 5-0 North Shore), and Pewaukee (6-0, 5-0 Woodland West) round out the top five.

The poll is part of MyCommunityNOW's Push for the Playoffs page, which provides a comprehensive view of the current postseason picture, a poll, photo of the week, Coach's Confidential and more.

Go to Push for the Playoffs

Community Watch

» Three Menomonee Falls cross country coaches suspended on suspicion of alcohol use 10/30

» Menomonee Falls School Board approves new health insurance plans 10/29

» Menomonee Falls police seek Red Bull thief targeting Pick 'n Saves 10/29

» Germantown police seeking missing zombies 10/29

» Menomonee Falls volleyball team beats Watertown for WIAA state berth 10/28

» Kimberly topples Indians with second-half surge 10/27

» Arrowhead reaches another level 10/26

» Second round of Pigskin Picks high school football contest begins tonight 10/26

» Looking for local trick-or-treat times? 10/23

» Menomonee Falls get leg up on Patriots Updated:  10/22

» Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today 10/19

» Markusse's two goals lift Brookfield East to soccer sectional final 10/18

» Germantown boys volleyball team clinches second straight NSC title 10/17

» Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings 10/17

» Pigskin Picks contest returns for the WIAA playoffs 10/17

» Despite Falls' rout of Central, title hopes fade as East edges Hamilton 10/12

» Homestead buries GT in second half, secures share of NSC title 10/11

» 6 hurt, including 5 students, in Germantown bus collision Updated:  10/11

» Germantown appoints new director of teaching and learning 10/10

» Menomonee Falls police arrest man suspected of abducting kids 10/9

» Alert employee helps police arrest two sets of thieves 10/9

» Man faces charges after stealing from grandparents 10/9

» Germantown School Board may consider new facility fee 10/8

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