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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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